Game 1 of the Texas Rangers Playoffs I'm Handing the Ball To ...

Nope, not our Lord and Southpaw Savior Cliff Lee.

C.J. Wilson.

Why? Because at this point I trust him more. Because at this point he's the best pitcher on the staff.


Amazing for a pitcher who a couple years ago drew our ire when he disgustingly flipped the ball to manager Ron Washington on the mound. Amazing for a pitcher who in spring training wasn't even assured he could be a starter, much less part of Texas' rotation. And amazing for a pitcher who, let's face it, is a bit of a goofball.

Last week against the Twins he actually reached for a line-drive single over his head - with his pitching hand. I asked him why.

"Because I'm a moron," Wilson said only half-joking.

Don't look now, but the moron dragged the Rangers closer to the American League West championship last night.

While the Oakland A's were losing to the Yankees, Wilson dominated the lowly Kansas City Royals, 3-0. He allowed two hits in 7.2 innings, running his post-All-Star break record to 7-0 and lowering his season ERA to a dazzling 2.88.

In his 27 starts this season the Rangers are 21-6. In Lee's 10 starts, they're 3-7.

Game 1 of the playoffs, I'm handing C.J. the ball. With confidence.

Magic number: 24.

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