Pitchers focusing on not overcompensating

Pitchers focusing on not overcompensating

Pitchers focusing on not overcompensating
ANAHEIM -- Amid the Angels' offensive struggles, it can be easy to forget about the club's pitching staff.

One shouldn't though. This group has been good -- very good.

The Halos' starting rotation entered Saturday ranked second and third in the American League with a combined 424 2/3 innings pitched and a 3.41 ERA, respectively. That hadn't been enough to keep the team from falling five games under .500, though.

"There's no doubt that we've seen some stretches where our pitchers have tried to strike a guy out on a 1-0 count because they know that we're not scoring, and they're pitching with their backs against the wall," manager Mike Scioscia said.

But overall, Scioscia said, the Angels' pitchers have done a good job of not trying to do too much. "I think they know that all they can do is make their pitches," he said.

Scioscia specifically alluded to staff ace Jered Weaver's most recent start against Tampa Bay on Wednesday. He gave up just three runs over 7 2/3 innings and the Angels were scoreless through seven. But Weaver "kept battling" and the Angels posted a three-run eighth inning to tie the game.

"That's the mindset that you have to have," Scioscia said. "You're not going to go out there and shut out every team and hopefully we're going to score one run -- that's just not the way you go out and pitch."

Though they eventually lost 4-3 in 10 innings, that's the type of resolve that Halos pitchers must continue to demonstrate until the offense snaps out of its funk.

"You go out and pitch your game -- you do pitch in situations -- but also you have to resist that urge to be so perfect when we're not scoring runs," Scioscia said.