Cole Hamels isn’t old school. C.J. Wilson is old school.
After throwing 22 pitches before a rain delay halted his start Friday, Wilson will get the ball again Saturday against his former team, the Rangers.
Wilson was charged with four runs in one-third of an inning and the loss after coming out tonight. Just one of those runs scored before he was replaced by Jerome Williams.
Williams, who was supposed to start Saturday, went on to pitch 6 2/3 innings and give up six runs out of the pen. Texas won the game 10-3 to improve to 22-11 on the season, while the Angels fell to 14-19.
The Rangers will counter Wilson with Matt Harrison on Saturday.
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News points out that Wilson will be the first pitcher to start back-to-back games since Aaron Myette did so under similar circumstances for the Rangers in 2002. Myette faced just one batter in his start on Sept. 3 and then came out after gave up five runs in three innings in a loss to Baltimore a day later.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: