When Jered Weaver‘s on your team, you usually don’t need to ask another pitcher to carry the load.
C.J. Wilson, however, finds himself in this exact position heading into tonight’s matchup in Detroit, where he will be pitching opposite the Detroit Tigers‘ Rick Porcello (4-4, 4.74 ERA) in a series the Los Angeles Angels (33-43) desperately need to win.
If past performance is a reliable indicator, the Halos have to feel pretty good about their chances. The team has won its last six games at Detroit’s Comerica Park. Wilson (6-5, 3.61) has been stellar in his last four outings, surrendering just eight earned runs on 21 hits in 26.1 innings to go along with 21 strikeouts.
Manager Mike Scioscia has to be praying that Wilson will continue to be a model of consistency in a season in which the Angels have unsuccessfully searched far and wide for it. With Weaver taking his time to return to form following his fractured elbow and Jason Vargas currently on the DL with a blood clot, the Halos best hope for solid starting pitching resides in Wilson’s left arm.
Los Angeles had hoped that Wilson could bolster the rotation when he was acquired as a free agent in 2011, but he has never faced the kind of pressure he currently faces as the team that many thought would be favorites to win the American League is now struggling to salvage what’s left of the season.
In other news, there’s no word on whether or not Josh Hamilton will return to the starting lineup after sitting out the weekend, but at this point, the Angels will give the slugger as much time as he needs to get his head on straight and turn things around at the plate.
Tony Baker is a Los Angeles Angels blogger for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @tonloc_baker.