Justin Wilson has been tremendous this season, a key piece of one of the most dominant bullpens in Major League Baseball. The 26-year-old southpaw has put up very respectable numbers:
However, by looking at our bullpen workload page, you’ll notice that Wilson hasn’t pitched at all lately:
He’s made four appearances in September, and just one in the past week. There were finally some updates this morning on Wilson:
The Bucs have used the “pause button” on him, but fortunately it sounds like he’ll be back by this weekend.
Since he was used primarily as a starting pitcher in the minor leagues, Wilson has actually thrown a lot less innings this year. Usually teams will slow down a young arm (like Gerrit Cole, for example) as he collects more and more innings as the season continues. Wilson is a different case, though it’s still probably a good idea to get him some rest down the stretch (hopefully he isn’t injured).
Among Pirates’ relievers with at least 20 appearances, Wilson ranks 1st in opponent batting average, 2nd in ERA, 3rd in strikeouts, and 4th in WHIP. Having two dominant lefties in the ‘pen – Wilson and Tony Watson – is a huge weapon for the Bucs.
Hopefully he’s well-rested and ready to go for the playoffs. It’d also be nice to see him throw his 95+ mph heat against the Reds this weekend.