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C.J. Wilson to start Game 1 of World Series

10/17/2011

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Left-hander C.J. Wilson will start Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night. He's expected to be opposed by St. Louis ace Chris Carpenter.

"He's my No. 1 guy," manager Ron Washington said. Nothing has changed."

Wilson will try to put the postseason struggles behind him. He is 0-2 with a 8.04 ERA in 15 2/3 innings (three starts) this postseason. He's given up 14 earned runs on 21 hits with six of those home runs. Four of those home runs were hit by Kelly Shoppach (two in Game 1 of ALDS) and Delmon Young (two in Game 5 of ALCS). Wilson allowed 16 home runs in 223 1/3 innings during the regular season.

Wilson tied for the club lead with 16 wins (Derek Holland) and had the best ERA by any Rangers starter at 2.94 during the regular season. He topped 200 innings for the second consecutive season after making the transition from the bullpen to the rotation prior to the 2010 season.

Washington said the club plans on going with the same four starters, but hasn't settled on the order. The biggest debate might be whether to start Colby Lewis on the road in Game 2 and lefty Holland at home in Game 3. Matt Harrison would likely pitch Game 4 in Arlington. Lewis' road ERA this season was 3.43, more than two runs below his home ERA.