To explain his recent struggles,
"Naturally, when a pitcher like C.J. goes the wrong way for so long, you're concerned," Manager
The Angels have the hitting to keep winning in the regular season. They slugged their way back in an 8-7 victory against the Blue Jays thanks to a go-ahead two-run home run by
The standard, though, is the
Now, some fissures have emerged in the Angels rotation, mostly because of Wilson and
Weaver left Monday's game because of tightness in his back. He threw a bullpen session and long toss Wednesday, and Scioscia said the right-hander should be ready for his scheduled start Saturday. If the injury is more serious, the Angels will need more offensive performances like the one Wednesday to keep winning.
Wilson's troubles are more nebulous. On Wednesday, he lasted only 32/3 innings and gave up six runs — three earned — and eight hits. In his last four starts, he has surrendered 19 earned runs and 31 hits in 162/3 innings. His ERA has climbed just shy of one run over that span. Yet, his velocity is where it should be, and he feels healthy, unlike when he battled an elbow injury in 2012.
His problems have changed from game to game, he said. He was hammered in his last start, against the
The Blue Jays inflicted damage mostly with singles. He wasn't battered as he was against Houston; he just couldn't get outs. He labored, with each pitch and each at-bat taxing. During his four-game swoon, he has averaged more than 20 pitches per inning.
"It's hard to pinpoint," he said. "Because it's not like every game I go up there and give up a bunch of home runs or every game I walk like 10 guys."
The one constant is his pitch location. He would get deep into counts against the Blue Jays or miss with a thigh-high fastball.
With the bullpen taxed after eating innings for Weaver and Wilson, Scioscia said the team could look to temporarily add rested arms for the series against the
As he was against the Astros, Wilson was bailed out by the Angels persistent offensive effort, which is outpacing the pitching and defense. The team committed three errors and made several ill-advised defensive decisions. But the bats worked just fine. Eight of nine starters recorded a hit. Pujols' blast to center field had just enough to tip over
It was Pujols' 512th home run. That tied him for 21st all-time with