10/20/11 2:45 AM ET
Wilson's slump continues with Game 1 loss
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
|WS 1||C.J. Wilson||5 2/3||L|
|ALCS 6||Derek Holland||4 2/3||ND|
|ALCS 5||C.J. Wilson||6||L|
|ALCS 4||Matt Harrison||5||ND|
|ALCS 3||Colby Lewis||5 2/3||L|
|ALCS 2||Derek Holland||2 2/3||ND|
|ALCS 1||C.J. Wilson||4 2/3||ND|
|ALDS 4||Matt Harrison||5||W|
|ALDS 3||Colby Lewis||6||W|
|ALDS 2||Derek Holland||5||W|
|ALDS 1||C.J. Wilson||5||L|
If Wilson is frustrated, he certainly wore it a little close to the vest on Wednesday night."I thought I threw the ball pretty well," Wilson said. "I gave up a ground-ball single [to Lance Berkman in the fourth] that scored two runs. It was a cutter that was down and away. That's the way the ball bounces. I felt pretty good. Obviously, I walked some guys tonight on some close pitches. ... I don't really care how many guys I walk. I just care about how many runs I give up." About his postseason, Wilson added: "The only thing I can control is my preparation, which is good. Mechanically, I've had some ups and downs. Everybody's watching, and if you do anything other than win, then that's it. That's the problem right there." Wilson has said that he doesn't intend to dwell on his upcoming free agency or his future with the Rangers until the postseason is over. As a starter on a team that has won the AL pennant two years running, Wilson is 1-5 with a 5.32 ERA in eight postseason starts. His only win came in the ALDS last October against the Rays. That was the end of his statistical playoff success, although on Wednesday night, Wilson matched veteran Chris Carpenter in a 2-2 tie until he was lifted for Alexi Ogando with runners on first and third and two out in the sixth inning. Allen Craig's pinch-hit single knocked in what proved to be the winning run, which was charged to Wilson. "Truthfully, I thought [Wilson] was very good," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "I thought both guys were very good. The ball was very slippery tonight. It was hard to command." Wilson, though, claimed the cold and rain wasn't an issue. He was able to combat all that with a little forethought. "I wore an extra pair of underwear," Wilson said with a laugh. "There's only so much you can do. You can't go out there and pitch in a parka. You have to feel free to move. You try to warm your hands. I had to blow on my hands every once in awhile, but it really wasn't that much of a big deal. It was just a little bit of cold weather. It wasn't like pitching in snow or anything."
Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.