Having already juggled their rotation to get Jered Weaver ready to start Game 1 of the ALDS the Angels have now shifted things again so that C.J. Wilson will be in line to start Game 2.
That’s not a surprise, as the Angels’ other healthy rotation options are pretty lacking, but Wilson has been a mess for much of the season on the way to posting a 4.61 ERA compared to a 3.37 ERA in his first four years as a starter.
He threw seven shutout, one-hit innings against the Mariners on September 17, but then followed that up by failing to make it out of the first inning Monday against the A’s. Overall in his last 15 starts Wilson has a 6.43 ERA.
They have the best record in baseball at 98-61, but the Angels’ rotation is definitely a question mark heading into the playoffs.
Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.
Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.
It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.
Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.