Wilson cites mechanical flaw for woes
Giants closer confident he can rebound with minor tweaks
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants closer Brian Wilson attributed his early-season struggles to a minor flaw in his pitching mechanics that he believes is simple to correct.Wilson, who entered Wednesday with a 9.00 ERA in three appearances and blew a save opportunity on Tuesday night by surrendering the tying run in the ninth inning, pointed out that he's not landing consistently with his front (left) foot as he follows through with his motion.
"It's something I can feel," Wilson said. The right-hander noticed that his toe was turning toward first base, throwing off the rest of his delivery and causing him to elevate his pitches."It's probably too much adrenaline," Wilson said. Although Wilson refused to make excuses, his sporadic activity probably hasn't helped. After saving the Giants' first victory of the season in his initial appearance last Wednesday at Los Angeles, Wilson didn't pitch again until Monday, when he yielded a pair of ninth-inning runs in a non-save situation. Wilson acknowledged that he thrives on work, like most relievers. "It's always good to go out there as much as you can and compete, because you get on a roll and then the team feeds off that and you feed off that and together you keep going on positive outings," he said. Manager Bruce Bochy, who handled many accomplished relievers during his 12 seasons as skipper in San Diego, wants to see how Wilson will respond to his mild adversity. "He's going to have to be resilient," Bochy said. "That's what makes the best closers so good."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.