The Los Angeles Dodgers have a loaded roster up and down. That includes their bullpen, though that facet of things has not been on display as of yet with the team three games into the short season.
Brian Wilson stands to be a big part of those plans, serving as one of the set-up guys for closer Kenley Jansen. Working with a newly added knuckleball, Wilson earned rave reviews this spring. Unfortunately for him and the Dodgers, that good work was not reflected in his outing on Opening Night against the San Diego Padres.
Wilson entered the game with a 1-0 lead. The first batter he faced, pinch-hitter Seth Smith, got a meatball over the inner half and sent it into the seats, tying the game up at 1-1.
From there it was a comedy of errors, with a walk, another hit, a couple booted groundballs, and an ugly three-run inning. (two of them earned). As Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe noted during the inning:
Hello Don Mattingly, Brian Wilson doesn’t have it.
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) March 31, 2014
He did not have it indeed. Wilson’s year is off to a rough start as a result: one blown save, one loss, and a 18.00 ERA.