C.J. Wilson is having a fine season. As much as you might hate the former Texas Rangers pitcher since he left for the hated Angels, you can't deny the numbers.
Wilson is 17-7 with a 3.36 ERA and is 8-1 since the all-star break. Granted, none of those starts have meant anything, which has long been Wilson's story — perform well when there's no pressure and crumble when the pressure's on.
The Angels aren't playing for anything other than pride in these final games of the 2013 season against the Rangers, but you'd think Wilson facing his former team in his former home stadium would qualify as pressure.
Wilson's career numbers against the Rangers in Rangers Ballpark in Arlington are not good. He's struggled horribly over the past two seasons, putting up a 7.92 ERA and 1-2 record in seven career starts against the Rangers.
The Rangers offense is in a slump, there's no doubt about that. But the Rangers know Wilson better than anyone and always make him throw a ton of pitches. They'll get one final chance on Friday night and if Wilson wins the battle, the Rangers' season will virtually be over.