It’s been a pretty tough stretch for the Los Angeles Angels. They’ve lost 10 of 13, they mustered just two hits in 12 innings in a 2-0 loss to the Indians on Tuesday, and they’ve fallen two games behind the Houston Astros in the AL West.
They also lost six straight games to the Astros and Dodgers, during which they scored just 15 runs in six games.
“The one thing you could say is you’re talking about two teams that are leading their respective divisions,” KNX 1070 host Randy Kerdoon pointed out on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “So that’s something the Angels can say: ‘Okay, at least we didn’t lose to the last-place team in the division.’ They were really playing well. Keep in mind they had a tough beginning of July. Then they got on a hot streak and then all of a sudden they ran into Houston and the Dodgers. So pitching has been a problem for them, and I think they’re hoping Jered Weaver (can come back). . . . If Weaver can come back – and Mike Scioscia was talking a little bit about this before the game – if Jered Weaver can come back and show them more than (he was) showing him at the beginning of the year, that would be huge for the Angels.”
Weaver, who has been on the disabled list since June 21 (hip), has performed well in a couple of rehab starts in the minors and could return to the team as early as this weekend.
The Angels could certainly use him, especially since C.J. Wilson will need season-ending elbow surgery – or so he says. Yes, there are actually whispers that some of Wilson’s teammates are skeptical of his injury.
Is that true?
“Usually (when) you go through (an injury like this), it’s usually the manager or somebody affiliated with the ball club (announcing the prognosis and treatment plan),” Kerdoon explained. “This kind of came about because C.J. was the one that made the announcement, and when that happens, that’s just kind of like an eyebrow-raiser because that’s not usually how things work.”
Wilson, 34, is 8-8 with a 3.89 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 110 strikeouts in 132.0 innings this season. He last pitched July 28, allowing six runs on six hits in four innings in a 10-5 loss to the Astros. Wilson was lifted after just 81 pitches – this after hitting tripe digits in seven of his previous right starts.
“If the guy thinks he messed it up – and let’s be honest, pitchers know their arms – if something’s bad and they know something’s bad and they’re asked that question by a reporter at the right circumstance before it gets filtered down by the management, it’s very possible that’s what he would have said and that’s what’s going on,” Kerdoon said. “But I’ve heard some of those things too and a lot of people are tracing that back to the whole Josh Hamilton thing. Because remember: C.J. and Josh were on the same team with the Texas Rangers and he wasn’t incredibly wild about the way Hamilton exited the Angels, so there’s a lot of questions about that. But as far as that being a definitive thing, I don’t know. But it does raise a lot of questions.”
The Angels (57-50), who took two of three against the Indians, host a three-game series against Baltimore (55-52) this weekend.