Detroit Tigers 2016 Season Review: Alex Wilson
Stats of Note
Some of Wilson’s run prevention numbers don’t exactly jump off the page, but that didn’t stop him from providing value.
The reliever finished 25th in the league among relievers in innings pitched, while also coming in 47th in WAR amongst relief pitchers. Finishing behind Wilson in terms of WAR were the likes of Hector Rondon, Rodriguez, Tony Watson, Pedro Baez, Jeanmar Gomez, Kevin Siegrist and George Kontos.
Wilson also finished third on the team in win probability added, coming in just behind Rodriguez and Greene. His 1.07 WPA ranked ahead of high-profile Craig Kimbrel and Dellin Betances.
Sixth Inning Dominance
Despite serving as a setup option, the right-hander excelled when pitching in the sixth inning of games. Wilson allowed opposing batters to log a mere .173 on-base percentage and a .416 OPS. His ERA in the sixth inning finished at 0.75.
Success Against Minnesota
In addition to being virtually unhittable in the sixth inning, Wilson’s dominance extended to games against the Minnesota Twins. The reliever allowed just two hits and a walk in his 28 plate appearances against Twins batters. That equates to a .077 batting average and a .107 on-base percentage.
Of the 15 ballparks Wilson pitched in, he only allowed a run in six of them. The righty held the opposition scoreless in nine different stadiums. Those nine included Nationals Park, Safeco Field, Yankee Stadium, Rogers Centre, Target Field, Minute Maid Park, US Cellular Field, Fenway Park and Angel Stadium.