Cubs Quick Hits: Justin Wilson’s Best Stretch as a Cub

Can you guess when Justin Wilson last surrendered a walk? I asked myself the same question during his last outing. I thought maybe it had been a week or so ago since the big lefty allowed a free pass. Nope.

The last time Wilson walked a batter was April 21 in Colorado. He’s pitched in seven different outings over that stretch with allowing just one run on April 24.

In that walk-less period, Wilson has thrown about 11 percent more pitches inside the strike zone, and he’s been able to draw over 75 percent┬ámore whiffs outside the zone. So basically, he’s throwing more strikes and making batters whiff more even when he doesn’t hit the zone. Sounds like a good formula to me.

For the first time since donning the blue pinstripes, Wilson looks like the reliever for whom the Cubs traded Isaac Paredes and Jeimer Candelario.

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