C.J. Wilson talks short-term career goals
March, 15, 2012
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com
TEMPE, Ariz. -- C.J. Wilson gives the impression he can never sit still for long, so why would anyone expect him to rest on his accomplishments from 2011?
Pitching for the Texas Rangers, at an extreme hitter's ballpark, he finished in the top 10 in the American League in ERA (2.94), innings (223 1/3) and wins (16). After mowing down hitters in his third Cactus League start during the Angels' 3-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds, he said he has higher hopes for the upcoming season. As of now, Wilson is slated to be the Angels' No. 4 starter, so that tells you how good this rotation might be.
"You always want to improve, it's pretty simple," Wilson said. "Last year, I threw 220-something innings. I want to throw more than that. I want my ERA to be lower, or whatever. I just want to improve, because that means I'm doing the right thing."
Wilson is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA, seven strikeouts and two walks in his first nine innings this spring. He has refined his changeup and is hoping it can get him quicker outs to allow him to pitch deeper into games. Both Jered Weaver and Dan Haren threw more innings than he did last year and Wilson is taking it as a challenge to catch up to the Angels' top two starters. His buzz word of the spring is "efficiency."
Frankly, if Wilson just repeated his 2011 season, the Angels would probably take it.
"He was pretty efficient the last couple years with Texas, for sure," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He was pitching deep into games."