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Elite status eludes Rangers' C.J. Wilson

Free-agent-to-be's true value is revealed when ball bounces Tigers' way in Game 5

Updated: October 14, 2011, 1:25 AM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

DETROIT -- All we can really do is go by what we see. This is not about hope. Or faith. Or optimism.

This is about reality.

Would you pay C.J. Wilson, a free agent after the season, huge money based on the three postseason starts he's made for the Texas Rangers this season?

Absolutely, positively not.

Wilson had the perfect stage to show he belonged among the AL's elite pitchers Thursday in a mano-a-mano battle against Justin Verlander, the league's best pitcher.

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