Brian Wilson Has Earned Himself Some $$$ With His 2013 Showing: And Is The Best Relief Pitcher Left In The Playoffs!
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I am big Brian Wilson fan. Part of me was devastated when the Giants won the World Series in 2012, because he was not on the team.
I was happy to learn that he bid his time this season, made sure he was fully healed up from his 2nd Tommy John Surgery, and made a triumphant return with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He could have rushed back in the spring, signed with another club, and tried haphazardly to work through his pitching in game action, however the man knows his body tweaks.
Brian Wilson as Captain Highlander on George Lopez Show
The Bearded one, with ‘The Machine’ somewhere rejoicing, only signed for the rest of the season, and pretty much ensured that he would be on a playoff roster, should he hold up his end of the bargain.
Wilson made his season debut on Aug.22/2013 – and fanned two batters in a scoreless frame versus the Miami Marlins.
All he has done since that point, is allow 1 Run, in exactly 24 Appearances between the regular and Post Season.
What is even more remarkable, is that he has just served up 13 Hits and 6 Walks, while mowing down 21 Batters in his 19.2 IP worth of work.
Post Season success is nothing new to the man originally from Londonderry, NH.
In 16 Games – and 17.2 IP for his playoff career, for the Giants and Dodgers combined, he has only allowed 0 ER, 9 Hits and 6 Walks, while K’ing 24 hitters.
That’s right baby… He has an ERA of 0.00 in his Post Season Career so far!
I would say that the Dodgers should stick with him with the Closing duties as along as they are in the 2013 Playoffs.
I like Jansen’s stuff, however he has health problems, and I think the dude is better to come in and flame-throw in the 8th.
A great team such as Los Angeles, with a major chunk of their core signed long – term, should not have to worry about their Closer situation. This is why the should ink Wilson to a new contract.
If Wilson is back fully, it is my contention, that he is the best Closer right now in the 2013 Playoffs. I would even take him over Koji Uehara. Please…..
Jose Veras…LMAO.. This guy began the year as the highest paid player on the Houston Astros!!
With the kind of Post Season the guy is authoring, plus his previous playoff pedigree, it is time for the ball to go back to the “Bearded One” every time in the 9th – and hopefully he will be part of another World Series celebration for a 3rd time in 4 years.
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Hunter grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia, now lives in Bakersfield, CA and played baseball with Sheldon Bream (Sid Bream‘s son) at Liberty University in the NCAA.
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Posted on October 17, 2013, in MLB Player Profiles, Playoffs and tagged 2010 World Series, 2012 world series, 2013 NLCS, 2013 NLDS, 2013 NLS, boston red sox, brandon league, brian wilson, don mattingly, george lopez, houston astros, hunter stokes, Joaquin Benoit, jose valverde, jose veras, kenley jansen, koji uehara, la dodgers, miami marlins, nl west, ronald belisario, st louis cardinals, trevor rosenthal. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.