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Rangers pitcher says team isn't stealing signs

Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:32 am
C.J. WilsonBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Rangers starter C.J. Wilson thinks he knows why Red Sox starter Erik Bedard took so long to deliver his pitches in Monday's game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington -- because teams think the Rangers are stealing signs.

The Blue Jays garnered headlines after an ESPN report that they were stealing signs, but Wilson said he believes the Red Sox and other teams suspect Texas of doing the same because of their splits at home and on the road. At Rangers Ballpark, Texas entered Tuesday's game hitting .293 with 93 homers and a .262 average with 58 home runs on the road.

But Wilson told Rob Bradford of that there's a much better explanation than sign-stealing, it's the division Texas plays in.

"When we're on the road, we're playing Anaheim, who has great pitching and it's a terrible hitters park; Oakland, great pitching, terrible hitters park; and Seattle, great pitching, terrible hitters park, so of course," Wilson said. "But the Fenway effect is just as strong as the Arlington effect. Their OPS at home is 70 points higher than it is on the road, so you can say the same thing. It's a park factor, it's not that we have a dude out there."

I don't know what makes me like Wilson more -- the fact that he looked up the Red Sox splits or the fact he used OPS as his measuring stick. Either way, it's a great point about the American League West, home of some of the game's best pitchers and worst hitters parks.

That said, using his methodology, the Fenway effect is good for difference of 74 points of OPS for the Red Sox, but 137 for the Rangers away from Texas.

Boston got to sample the advantages of hitting at Rangers Ballpark on Tuesday, scoring 11 runs on 14 hits against Colby Lewis and the Rangers in a 11-5 victory.

Still, Wilson stood by his team and said his hitters have told him they wouldn't want to know what was coming -- "I've talked to guys about it before because we always feel as pitchers that we're paranoid that somebody is looking at our signs and trying to figure out magical combinations to trick everybody," Wilson told Bradford. "Some of the hitters don't even want to know."

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