Wilson has a 3.93 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 34.1 innings this season. He has struck out 27 and walked 10. Wilson continues to pitch in low-leverage situations for the Tigers and he is nothing more than a innings muncher. He's decidedly hittable -- his last outing included four hits and three strikeouts in 1.2 innings. Wilson is down the bullpen pecking order, behind eighth-inning man Justin Wilson and potential seventh-inning hurlers Bruce Rondon, Kyle Ryan and Shane Green. And that makes him decidedly unownable in most formats.
Tigers' general manager Brad Ausmus has been thinking about using Wilson in lower-leverage situations in the near future to allow the reliever to correct his mechanical problems, specifically with his slider, reports the Detroit Free Press. Wilson describes the slider as "rolling" off his hand, rather than coming off his fingertips. And it's the latter that gives the ball the movement needed to induce swings-and-misses. Right now, Wilson is struggling with the pitch staying high and that's precisely what got him into trouble Saturday when Khris Davis took him yard for a three-run home run. Wilson's value is tied to late inning work, so reserve him if you have room on your bench. But you know what to do if there are better options on the wire right now.
Wilson allowed four runs on five hits, including a home run, in 0.2 innings of relief in Saturday's 12-3 loss to Oakland. So much for that recent mechanical tweak to fix his release point -- he's allowed eight hits and five earned runs in his last 2.1 innings. His ERA spiked to 6.11 with Saturday's poor outing.
Wilson, who has struggled lately, may have turned a corner with three groundouts in the ninth inning Sunday. He recently made a "minor adjustment" in his mechanics, reports the Detroit Free Press. Wilson adjusted his mechanics late last season to protect what he called a "barking" shoulder. It was only when he sat down with pitching coach Rich Dubee that he noticed his pitching hand was closer to his head than this time last season. "Today, I moved it out and it felt free and easy," Wilson said. "Probably the best I've felt this year." He may provide some value to deep formats that count holds.
Wilson struck out one over 0.2 scoreless frames against Minnesota on Wednesday. Wilson has had a rough month of May, giving up six earned runs in eight appearances, so it was nice to see a solid outing from him. Even with the shaky month of pitching for the 29-year-old, the Tigers continue to rely on him late in games as he ranks third on the team in holds with four.