Scioscia has high praise for Wilson

Scioscia has high praise for Wilson

BOSTON -- Bobby Wilson and Jered Weaver have a good thing going, a harmonious connection Angels manager Mike Scioscia hopes they can maintain in the always challenging environs of Fenway Park.

Wilson, who drilled a pair of homers and drove in five runs in his most recent start on Saturday night against the Blue Jays, got the call behind the plate on Tuesday night in the series opener against the Red Sox. Weaver, who has drawn nothing but aces all season, was opposed by yet another one in All-Star Clay Buchholz.

In 28 innings with Wilson as his receiver, Weaver had surrendered four runs -- but only one was earned -- leaving his ERA a microscopic 0.32. The ace had 33 strikeouts while allowing only 22 baserunners. Weaver has a 3.07 ERA in 73 1/3 innings with Jeff Mathis and a 4.75 ERA in 47 1/3 innings with Mike Napoli.

"Bobby's doing a great job with everybody," Scioscia said. "It gets down to a catcher's ability to be in sync with the pitcher as far as the mental part of the game. He is terrific at it."

Angels pitchers overall own a 3.43 ERA in Wilson's 168 innings behind the plate, compared to Mathis' 4.06 in 350 innings and Napoli's 5.07 in 476 innings.

The Angels are 15-5 in Wilson's starts, compared to 23-32 with Napoli and 20-21 with Mathis. Napoli, one homer away from his 20th for the third season in a row, was in the lineup for the first time at Fenway Park at first base. The Angels are 22-18 when he starts there.