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“It’s kind of helped me make adjustments,” he said. “You get in trouble when you try to make the ball move. For me, it’s maybe I’m not finishing my pitches, maybe I need to be on the ball a little longer, maybe I need to get on top just a little better. That’s kind of what it means to me.”
You gotta respect both the guy's receptiveness to data and his ability to translate it into meaningless scoutspeak cliches.
I don't know - the guy's a successful major league pitcher. I think he probably knows a little bit about what he's talking about.
Jerry Dipoto, the Angels' general manager, recently presented C.J. Wilson with statistics on a sheet of paper. The key statistic Dipoto wanted to emphasize to Wilson: When you throw 60% of your pitches for strikes, you win... In the seven starts in which he has thrown 60% of his pitches for strikes, he is 5-0 with two no-decisions. The Angels are 6-1 in those starts.
Wilson said he understood the efforts of Dipoto and the Angels' coaching staff to keep his mind focused on one easy-to-comprehend goal.
"I kind of took it as, 'OK, dude, whatever,'" Wilson said. "It kind of validates the simplicity aspect for them."
After all, he said, he hears the suggestion to 'throw strikes' all the time.
"People from the stands always yell it," Wilson said. "Brilliant coaching advice, especially from a guy in the 18th row who's had four beers. I'm like, 'Dang, I forgot.'"
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