Sunday, January 2, 2011
Rusty's Player Projections: Brian Wilson
*In every off-season, I will predict stat lines of most of the Giants for the upcoming season. These are usually determined pretty freely so don't be afraid to comment below with your own predictions.
Brian Wilson may be known for his wild looks and hilarious charisma, but on the field, he is feared by hitters and trusted by coaches.
Every ninth inning the Giants had a lead, Wilson was sent out to finish the job. The atmosphere is electric, the situation is tense and the game is on the line, but that never scares Mr. Wilson.
Earlier last season I wrote an article here that showed how Wilson is slowly becoming the next Robb Nen. A bold prediction on my part, but after this season I may just be right.
A career year has earned him an All-Star appearance, a MLB Network Reliever of the Year Award, and the NL Rolaids Relief Award for best closer. Oh, and he pretty much dominated every hitter he faced in the playoffs and World Series.
Last season he posted a 1.81 ERA (a career high that lead all closers) with a franchise record tie in saves (48) with Rod Beck. He also tossed 93 strikeouts in only 74.2 innings for an insane 11.2 S/9 average.
His stuff is explosive, he intimidates batters by looking at them, coining the catchphrase "Fear the Beard" that rang throughout the Giants fan base. A fan favorite, beloved by many (including your's truly), and another great homegrown talent for this Giants organization.
Now here's his projection:
73.0 Innings Pitched
50 saves (yeah, it'll happen)
Feel free to post your own projections for Mr. Wilson in the comments below!