Aug 17, 2019

Justin Wilson: 2019 Mets Reliever (2019)

Justin James Wilson was born August 18th 1987 on Anaheim, California. The six foot, two left hander was drafted out of high school, by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He opted not to sign & attended Fresno State where he pitched for the Fresno State Bulldogs. In his Junior year there, his team won the College World Series & he was named to the College World Series All Tournament Team as well. Also that year he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates as their fifth round pick.

While at AAA, he pitched two no hitters. In the first one, he pitched 7 1/3 innings of no hit ball when he taken out of the game. Two other relievers saved & combined in the no hitter. The second came in 2012, soon after he was promoted to the Pirates big league club.

In 2013 he was a solid mid reliever, going 6-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 56 games. He made two appearances in the NLDS giving up pne run to the St. Louis Cardinals. He made two post seasons while in Pittsburgh.

Two years later he was traded to the AL New York team for Francisco Cervelli. There he went 5-0 in 74 appearances (2nd most in thee AL). At the end of the year he was traded to the Detroit Tigers for Chad Green & Luis Cessa. He had a closers role saving 13 games at the start of the 2017 season, replacing Francisco Rodriguez who had blown four saves early on in the season.

After a season and a half in Detroit he was traded to the Chicago Cubs for their playoff run. He made one appearance in the NLDS win over the Nationals & no appearances in the NLCS loss to the LA Dodgers. 

In 2018 he made 71 appearances, going 4-5 with a decent 3.46 ERA, 16 holds & 12 games finished for the Cubs. He pitched 0.1 innings in the Wild Card game loss to the Rockies & was then granted free agency.

Mets Career: In 2019 he signed with the New York Mets. He earned his first Mets win in the second game of the season, pitching a perfect 7th inning, in the Mets 11-8 win over the Nationals in D.C. But the next day he gave up a Trea Turner HR taking the loss.

He got credit for a save & a hold through April 19th. He then suffered elbow issues & would miss over 2 1/2 months of action. His comeback attempt in May was too soon & extended his time on the IL.

He returned in July and got three straight holds through mid month. In July he pitched 9.1 innings and allowed just one earned run lowering his ERA from 4.50 to 2.89 by August 1st.

During the Mets seven game win streak he earned a win on July 31st in Chicago against the White Sox. And then earned another win on August 3rd as the Mets continued their streak winning nine of ten. In that game a scoreless 7th inning in Pittsburgh, earned him the win over the Pirates.

On August 7th, Wilson earned his 6th hold of the year in a 7-2 win over the Marlins. Wilson pitched a scoreless 7th inning in the  Mets seventh straight win on August 9th.  

As of August 16th Wilson has pitched in eight seasons going 29-20 with 15 saves, 430 strike outs, 177 walks in 393 innings with a 3.29 ERA. As a Met he is 3-1 with a 2.78 ERA in his first 27 Met games.

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