C.J. Wilson apparently did not want to intentionally walk Robinson Cano last night

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In the third inning of last night’s Mariners-Angels game, Robinson Cano came to the plate with runners on second and third and two out. Angels manager Mike Scioscia had C.J. Wilson walk Cano to get to Justin Smoak. The result: Smoak cleared the bases with a double.

After the game, C.J. Wilson gave the strong impression that he didn’t agree with the move:

Asked if it was strange to walk a left-handed hitter to pitch to a switch-hitter who would bat from the right side, Wilson said, “Yes … no more questions on that one.”

Platoon advantage aside, I think I’d rather pitch to Smoak than Cano. But I also think intentionally walking just about anyone is akin to fascism, to maybe I’m not the right guy to ask.