DENVER -- Sports Illustrated just released results of a MLB players' poll -- votes were tallied in the preseason -- which named Angels starter C.J. Wilson the most overrated player in baseball. Wilson received 14 percent of the votes.
"Hey, that's fine," Wilson said after winning his seventh game on Friday against the Rockies. "I don't really care what opponents think. It's my job to get them out."
Wilson, who has a 2.39 ERA, was forwarded a link to the survey this week.
"When I do those surveys and answer that question, I try to think of it in terms of performance per dollar," said Wilson, who signed a five-year, $77.5 million contract with the Angels in the offseason. "That's the way I view it. I don't know where I rank in terms of starting-pitcher salaries. Mine over the past three years had to be in the middle of the range for starting pitchers."
Because the survey was handed out during Spring Training, it's likely Wilson's 2011 postseason struggles, in which he was 0-3 for the Texas Rangers with a 5.79 ERA, were fresh on the minds of many. But Wilson has been among the best pitchers in the Majors recently -- he has the second-best ERA among American League starters and has allowed only two runs in his last 28 innings pitched.
"He's throwing the heck out of the ball for us," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
Rockies manager Jim Tracy didn't think the pitcher that mowed his club down on Friday -- Wilson had nine strikeouts -- had failed to live up to his big contract.
"The Angels didn't pay for mediocrity," Tracy said. "They paid for [last night's performance], and they got it."