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Mike Scioscia and the Angels are “concerned” about C.J. Wilson

Aug 8, 2014, 2:48 PM EDT

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Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson has allowed 10 runs in seven innings since returning from a month on the disabled list with hip and ankle injuries.

Wilson looked bad last night against the Dodgers and manager Mike Scioscia told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times:

This is probably the worst C.J. has struggled since he’s been a starting pitcher, so naturally, you’re concerned. There’s certainly been some head-scratching over his last seven or eight starts. But seeing how hard he works, seeing that it doesn’t look like it’s anything physical, we’re very confident he’s going to get back on that beam and do what we need him to do.

Wilson had a 3.34 ERA on June 19. Since then he’s allowed 32 runs in 24 innings with a 21/14 K/BB ratio and .394 opponents’ batting average.

He originally went on the disabled list with an ankle injury, but then said he discovered while rehabbing that he’d been pitching through a hip issue that had hurt his performance. If the Angels had any appealing fallback options Wilson might already be booted from the rotation, but his job appears to be safe unless general manager Jerry Dipoto can swing a waiver wire trade.

Wilson is under contract for $18 million next season and $20 million in 2016 as part of a five-year, $77.5 million deal.

  1. sfm073 - Aug 8, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    One of many bad contracts the angels have given out in the past 10 years.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      Other than the recent bad stretch, Wilson has been pretty good for the Angels.

  2. geoknows - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    I don’t get it…you say Wilson failed to get out of the 2nd inning last night, but the game I watched he pitched into the 6th. And the published box scores seem to agree.

  3. shanabartels - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    I’ve seen a lot of comments on HBT lately ragging on dudes with ankle injuries (mostly Ubaldo Jimenez). I just want to say, as a regular non-athlete person who currently has two sprained ankles (I have my third PT appointment in two hours), that ankle sprains are obviously not life-threatening or career-threatening, but they are super annoying. The main issue is that they’re so prone to getting re-sprained. So I am willing to give Wilson and Jimenez a certain amount of benefit of the doubt because they’re trying not to reinjure themselves. It’s understandable.

  4. cadillacjosh - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    In response to a commenter above, CJ’s contract was by far one of the best the Angels or baseball have given out to a pitcher or player. Up until very recently, he’s been pretty darn good.

    • clydeserra - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      It really was reasonable.

  5. miriam45 - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Wilson’s a classy guy. Will not mention the injuries as a source of his poor pitching. He will return. I wish him the best and I’m a Dodger fan.

    • clydeserra - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      Wilson is a classy guy. I am sure he wouldn’t complain about pain, he’d just publish old teammates phone numbers, call out other teams stadiums, style of play, be at odds with management.

      You know, stuff classy guys do

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 9, 2014 at 3:15 AM

        Yeah. You go guy.I completely forgot he was a tool too.Thanks for reminding me. I now remember reading similar stuff.No Joke.

        However,he is still making money for his team. I will give him that. But you are right,it is a misnomer to say he is a class act.

      • clydeserra - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        he has been totally worth the contract. Best one of the big contracts they signed (excluding the sweetheart weaver deal. but including the Vernon wells trade)

  6. mtracy0905 - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Scioscia should be concerned. But the issue with CJ Wilson is mechanical and not that tough to diagnose. Watch enough video of Wilson this year and you’ll see two glaring differences in his game. 1) When he “drops down” he also drops his elbow, which elevates every pitch. Worse is that he gets only about 1 of 8 “next” pitches over the plate. Often it takes several pitches to find the strike zone again, and even still, those pitches are elevated. When he looses his arm slot he doesn’t find it quickly. This can be fixed two ways: show it to him on video, then look at video of when his arm slot is correct. He needs to visualize the difference. The work on a visual signal from either Scioscia, Butcher or the catcher, so he can become cognizant during a game and remind himself of the difference.
    2) Wilson’s real problem is he’s trying to be too coy with runners on. The Texas Rangers Wilson, when delivering home from the stretch, bent his left leg at almost the same time he moved his right foot. This lowered his body for a harder push to homeplate and kept his weight centrally located so that his arm didn’t drag through and behind him as he moved toward the plate.

    CJ actually looked better last night in flashes as he kept his weight shift under control and got on top of pitches from a lower center of gravity than several of his previous outings.

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