C.J. Wilson talks AL West, Zack Greinke
"Everybody on both teams probably counted on a tighter race than there was in April," Wilson said. "The Rangers got off to a great start. It wasn't very pretty for us. But we've turned it around in May, June and July and played a little bit better and August is another month and you move forward. The season is really long and you can't have a rearview mirror. You can't be sitting there thinking about what happened in April and what work you have to go through. You come in to each game with a new plan and start from scratch."
Wilson said the trade deadline deal to bring Zack Greinke to the Angels gave the club a big boost and reminded him of when Cliff Lee showed up in the Rangers' clubhouse in early July 2010.
"Everybody is really excited," Wilson said. "For me as a pitcher as well, not just as a teammate, I view him as someone I can learn from. He does some things better than I do. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is off the charts. Maybe Cliff is one of the only guys ahead of him the last couple of years. There's some stuff I can pick up from him. I threw with him (Wednesday)."
Wilson is 9-7 with a 2.88 ERA this season, but is winless in his last six starts despite four of his last five being quality starts. He's 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA (six earned runs in 12 innings) this season against the Rangers.
BTW, Wilson now owns a Mazda dealership in the Chicago area (C.J. Wilson Mazda) and the dealership sponsors the postgame show for the White Sox games.
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