More bad news for the Los Angeles Angels (46-50), who will have to find another way to plug the massive gaps in their rotation.
Lately it seems that for every gem they get from C.J. Wilson or Jered Weaver, the Halos have had to endure a flop from Jerome Williams.
Sure, it didn’t help that Williams received zero run support in Los Angeles’ 6-0 loss on Sunday to the Oakland Athletics, but the numbers don’t lie: Williams has been simply terrible over his last four starts, giving up 21 earned runs over 13 innings for an absurd 14.54 ERA while striking out only eight batters and failing to go deeper than five innings in any of those starts.
It looked like Mike Scioscia had found a serviceable starter in Williams, who finished the month of June with a 3.21 ERA. but the past month has proven that Williams cannot be relied upon for anything beyond long relief, putting the Angels back to square one in their search to acquire a starter before the trade deadline; a need made all the more pressing by Joe Blanton‘s inconsistency and the injuries to Tommy Hanson (set to return this week) and Jason Vargas.
In light of Williams’ lack of production, Scioscia might want to consider giving the pitcher’s next start to Garrett Richards, whom the Angels could shop around for trade assets. If Richards can put together a decent start, other teams might be willing to part with a starter, or at least a solid young prospect, in exchange for his services.
Beyond Richards, the Halos will still need to part with an everyday player on the level of Alberto Callaspo or J.B. Shuck if they want a real arm. Their playoff hopes — once slim, now even slimmer — depend on it.
Tony Baker is a Los Angeles Angels blogger for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @tonloc_baker.