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First Pitch: Wilson is Better in Relief This Year, Better as a Starter Long Term

First Pitch: Wilson is Better in Relief This Year, Better as a Starter Long Term

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that they moved Justin Wilson to the bullpen. The move will be a short term deal, as they're not ruling him out for the long term as a starting option.

A few weeks ago, if there was a need for a starter, I would have said Justin Wilson should get the call. Wilson was dominating, and his control -- always the downside to his game -- had seen major improvements. But recently he's fallen apart. In his last six starts he has given up 20 earned runs in 25.2 innings, with a 28:22 K/BB ratio. The control has completely fallen apart for whatever reason, after looking good for a long stretch this year.

Because of Wilson's recent struggles, he's fallen out of the picture as a starting option. Jeff Locke and Chris Leroux have both moved ahead of him if the Pir...

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