ANAHEIM -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia turned to Bobby Wilson as his catcher for southpaw Scott Kazmir on Wednesday night against the Rangers, hoping Wilson holds to form as a lucky charm for his staff and his team. The Angels are 11-1 in Wilson's starts and have a 2.57 ERA in his 101 2/3 innings, compared to a 4.44 overall team ERA.
Scioscia said it was a good night for Jeff Mathis, who caught the series opener and delivered a clutch RBI single, to take a break in his recovery from a fractured right wrist.
"We're trying to let Jeff get some games to where he can work off some rough edges," Scioscia said. "We have to be mindful he missed some time. We have to give him a blow. It's a good day, because of the rapport Bobby and Scott have. We don't anticipate this being a personal pitcher/catcher relationship."
Kazmir has worked three games with Wilson, putting together a 2.12 ERA. Kazmir's ERA is 6.52 with Mathis and 6.34 with Mike Napoli, the new first baseman. Three of the other four Angels' starters have better ERAs with Wilson than with the two veteran receivers, with Joe Saunders the lone exception. Especially successful with Wilson is Jered Weaver: 14 innings, no earned runs, five hits and three walks against 17 strikeouts.