Game 116: Indians-Angels …
The Angels just dropped two of three to the Mariners, have lost eight of their last 11 and enter the week with an eight-game deficit in the AL West — their largest since May 22. They need to get back on track, and they need to do it now, against an Indians team that just suffered a 14-1 loss and is 9-21 in the second half. C.J. Wilson, however, hasn’t won since June 26 — a span of eight starts …
Pitching: RH Justin Masterson (8-10, 4.68 ERA)
Pitching: LH Wilson (9-8, 3.34 ERA)
- On July 7, Mike Scioscia made Trumbo his primary cleanup hitter. But he’s posted a .213/.278/.360 slash line since, and Morales has started to surge lately. So, on Monday, he flip-flopped them again. Asked if Trumbo may have been putting too much pressure on himself as the guy protecting Pujols, Scioscia said: “I think Mark’s always very focused, I think he’s always very – he has a sense of urgency when it comes to production. Maybe he was taking too much on. I don’t know if that’s the whole story. I think at times you’re going to go through the ebs and flows of a season, you’re going to maybe have your ups and downs, and right now it’s a little bit of a down turn.”
- Scott Downs (strained left shoulder) is slated for another bullpen session tomorrow, and Scioscia said it “might roll into a simulated game.” That would make him awfully close for a return.
- Jordan Walden (neck and right bicep) will make his second rehab appearance for Triple-A Salt Lake. Will this be his last? “We’re going to see,” Scioscia said. “The last one was good, but showed he needed more work. This one, we’re going to evaluate the same way and see where he is.”
- Iannetta is catching Wilson for the first time since he underwent wrist surgery in mid-May. The Angels’ skipper said it wasn’t to change anything up because C.J. has been struggling with Bobby Wilson behind the plate lately; simply becuase Iannetta is his everyday guy and he’ll be catching more regularly now.
- Aybar, since coming off the DL: .458/.480/.625. Same Aybar as the one from ’09? “Yes. Swing is much more along the lines of what he was doing in ’09 than he was the last couple of years.”