Jerry Dipoto, the
Wilson threw 64% of his pitches for strikes on Tuesday, in the Angels' 7-2 victory over the
In the seven starts in which he has thrown 60% of his pitches for strikes, he is 5-0 with two no-decisions. The Angels are 6-1 in those starts.
Wilson said he understood the efforts of Dipoto and the Angels' coaching staff to keep his mind focused on one easy-to-comprehend goal.
"I kind of took it as, 'OK, dude, whatever,'" Wilson said. "It kind of validates the simplicity aspect for them."
After all, he said, he hears the suggestion to 'throw strikes' all the time.
"People from the stands always yell it," Wilson said. "Brilliant coaching advice, especially from a guy in the 18th row who's had four beers. I'm like, 'Dang, I forgot.'"
The difference, he said, is in having command precise enough to throw a strike without firing right down the middle -- and in missing where you are less likely to get hurt. A hanging slider might get hit for a home run, but not a slider in the dirt.
That, Wilson said, is why he enjoyed watching Dodgers ace