Like Oakland and Detroit, the
"When C.J. is right," Dipoto said, "he's a very legitimate top-half-of-the-rotation guy."
Wilson is not right, though. He is nowhere close, as evidenced by the six runs and six hits he gave up in 11/3 innings of a 10-3 loss to the
This was not an anomaly, one of those brutal starts the great ones pass off as "one of those games." It was the continuation of a disturbing trend. Wilson has been pounded for 25 earned runs and 37 hits in 18 innings of his last five games, walking 10 and striking out 16.
"The over-riding theme with him is controlling counts, missing spots and not being able to put guys away," Manager
Wilson, who entered Saturday with an 81-58 record and 3.67 earned-run average, retired the first two batters of the first inning before walking
Desmond Jennings followed with a bunt — it wasn't a squeeze play — that Wilson fielded near the first base line. Wilson had no shot at Loney at home, but he pumped a throw to the plate, a decision that cost him any chance of getting the speedy Jennings at first.
Ben Zobrist reached on another bunt single to load the bases, and Guyer smacked a two-run single to center that gave the Rays a 6-0 lead and knocked Wilson out of the game.
"When Jennings bunted, if I would have just had the presence of mind to concede the run and thrown to first right away instead of looking to home and trying to throw home, then he would have been out, and I probably would have been out of the inning," Wilson said.
"Realistically, I wasn't going to make a play on it. So I should have just got the guy at first. That would have been two outs, and the inning might have been over because Zobrist wouldn't have bunted."
Wilson, who also rehabilitated a tight left hip while he was on the DL, said he felt fine physically. His velocity was good, but his command was not; of his 50 pitches, only 27 were strikes.
Wilson has only one win since June 13, and he fell to 8-7 with a 4.74 ERA this season. With
"We need him, we need him to figure it out and get back to making his pitches and being effective," Scioscia said. "We have every confidence he's going to be able to do that."
It also was a rough night for another Angels left-hander,