San Francisco Giants: Brian Wilson Never Fails To Raise Blood Pressure
This is not a summary of today's win over the Cubs, but rather, an accusation.
As a Giants fan living in New Jersey, I very rarely get to see my favorite baseball team on television. Most nights are spent staying up late, watching MLB.com Gameday, as my profile bio details. But today, the Giants and Cubs were on WGN, and I got to watch them.
All-Star Tim Lincecum threw eight effortless innings of baseball, shutting down one of the best offenses in the game. He left with a three-run lead.
With the Giants up 4-1 in the ninth, Brian Wilson, another of the team's All Stars was put on the mound to get the save.
Wilson, who is now 25-27 in save opportunities, recorded the first out of the inning, as he usually does, coming out strong. But then he walked the second batter and gave up a single.
Now there are runners on first and second with only one out. After a second straight single, a run scores and there are runners on first and third, still only one out.
It is then that Wilson strikes out Darryl Ward, and then gets Ryan Theriot to groundout to end the game and give the Giants the win.
But can't he ever do it easily?
The answer is no.
I don't have the statistics on me, but I'm going to say that out of 27 chances, he has probably only thrown a perfect inning in 10 percent of those appearances. As his save percentage shows, he gets the job done, but not without giving us diehard fans a heart attack.
It seems that he always comes out firing, getting a quick out only to walk multiple batters, give up a single and a run, before finding control and nailing the lid on the coffin.
I'm more than happy to have him as my closer, hell, he's the best we've had since Robb Nen in 2003, but maybe, just maybe, one of these games he will get the job done without having to put my blood pressure through the roof.
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