ANAHEIM -- Though pitchers generally consider extra rest between starts a hindrance that takes them out of their routine, those in the Angels' rotations should reconsider that notion.
"You just can't prepare for it," C.J. Wilson said. "There's no point in Spring Training where they're like, 'Oh, we're going to get ready for six days.' So it's just how you're programmed. It's not something you do all the time, and you just kind of get out of your comfort zone a little bit or get out of your routine."
With their off-day on Thursday and upcoming one on Monday, each of the Angels' starters will be pitching on six days' rest, compared to the usual four or five days. But for every Angels starter except Dan Haren, that extra day has led to better results.
Saturday's starter Ervin Santana has a 3.87 ERA in 22 starts with six days' rest, compared to a 4.44 ERA in 118 starts after four days off and a 4.18 in 76 starts after five days. Wilson has a 2.91 ERA in 10 starts on six days' rest, a 3.21 ERA in 53 starts on four days' rest and a 4.18 ERA in 76 starts on five days' rest. Jered Weaver has a 2.57 ERA in 25 starts on six days' rest, a 3.05 in 98 starts on four days' rest and a 3.74 ERA in 64 starts on five days' rest.
Haren is the only exception, with a 5.17 ERA in 24 starts on six days' rest following his five-inning, five-run outing on Friday. He has a 3.40 ERA in 174 starts on four days' rest and a 3.83 ERA in 72 starts on five days' rest.
Whether the starters feel the extra day is a positive, pitching coach Mike Butcher said the extra rest, however short it may be, will help the staff out in the long run. After 70 games in 2012, the Angels' starters have the most innings pitched (440 2/3) in the American League.
"As far as body recovery, it's going to help 100 percent," Butcher said. "Your body does recover more. When you train your body to pitch every fifth day, you might not feel the same as you usually do with that extra rest, but over the long haul of the season, it actually helps out quite a bit."