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Christopher John In Baseball Prospectus

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BP has an awesome (free) Q&A up with C.J. Wilson right now, and you should read it.

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There’s some great stuff in there, from Ceej talking about how he’s a numbers geek, to explaining he knows he needs to get his walks down, to absolutely shooting the idea of “Pitch to Contact” to hell. Mostly it’s fascinating information on how he prepares and strategizes.

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DL: Is there ever a disconnect between you and your catchers because of the way you use data and approach pitching?

CJW: Not because of that. It’s more for me, because of the fact that I’m kind of newish at starting; I haven’t done it for about seven years, so it’s like a learning process all over again. I’m always trying to get the most out of myself, like I get really upset—I get really frustrated with myself when I walk guys. That’s the thing that is always the bane of my existence—the walk. I feel that if I can reverse that trend, it would improve my other numbers a lot. Despite that, all of my peripheral stats are pretty good to this point, relative to how people probably thought that I was going to transition as a starter.

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Read it now.

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