Why Success Now For Alex Wilson Is So Important

alex wilsonOn August 16th Alex Wilson tossed arguably the best outing of his Boston Red Sox career. He pitched 2 1/3 innings allowing no runs on no hits while walking none. Although he did not strike anyone out, he got the win putting his record at 1-0 on the year. An outing of this quality could not have came at a better time for the 27-year-old reliever who is at a critical point in his career. Right now he is fighting for a spot in the 2015 Boston Red Sox bullpen which may be the last chance he gets to be a regular member of the big league club.
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The former second round pick by Boston back in 2009 is in his second option year out of a possible three. If he does not make the opening day roster in 2015 or is demoted for any given reason, that will be his third option making which would make him out of options in 2016. With this in mind, the odds of an up-and-down minor league reliever who is 29 years of age making the 2016 Red Sox roster are slim. Even if this is the case, this would still make him the best Saudi Arabian born Major League Baseball player of all time.

In Pawtucket this year, Alex Wilson owned a 4.35 ERA while dominating at home (0.86 ERA) and getting roughed up on the road (7.97 ERA). Typically odd splits like these are purely coincidental as he may have had a couple of rough outings while away from McCoy Stadium. Other than that he struck out 40 men in 41.1 innings while walking 23. A good sign for Wilson was that he only gave up a pair of homers in 35 games.
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On the year this year in five appearances for the Boston Red Sox totaling 8.2 innings, he has allowed two runs on eight hits walking a man and punching-out four. One advantage Wilson has over many relievers is the fact that he used to be a starter in the minors. Given this, his stamina is impressive for a reliever as he can go multiple innings when called upon.
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A fair comparison for Alex Wilson would be former Red Sox reliever Matt Albers who also has plenty of stamina for a reliever. In addition, they both rely heavily upon their sinkers for success. Wilson definitely could serve the role Matt Albers served Boston as a back-end of the bullpen guy in the long run if he pitches well for the next month and a half.

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