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The final pitch to be reviewed here is a little different than the others, which isn't entirely inappropriate given that it comes from Brian Wilson, who is a little different generally. The other pitches we've discussed—Lincecum's changeup, Romo's slider, Lopez's and Cain's fastballs—have been featured pitches for at least a few years. They are proven out pitches, and have all been mastered by the pitchers who throw them.
In 2011, Brian Wilson began to throw a two-seam fastball in game situations. Normally, the two-seam fastball has better movement than a four-seam fastball, but is thrown three to five mph slower. Wilson, however, seems to throw his two-seam at almost the velocity of his four-seam, topping out around 96 mph.
Even more importantly—and here's the really good part—the pitch just explodes in on a right-handed batter. If you don't believe this report, just ask the Dodger's Jamie Carroll, who struck out to end a game last April on a two-seam fastball that moved at least two feet in and one foot down at 96 or so mph.
If Brian Wilson can consistently couple his hard slider, which moves away from a right-handed hitter, with a two-seam fastball that moves hard and sinks in the opposite direction, he has the ability to dominate hitters even more completely than he has in his last two All-Star seasons. If he can do that, the Giants can once again be a playoff contender in 2012.