ANAHEIM -- Jerome Williams was, as manager Mike Scioscia put it, "a natural fit" to make a spot start for the Angels on Tuesday. Williams has been semi-stretched out while serving as a long reliever since late July, Garrett Richards has a defined role in the back end of the bullpen and recent callup Barry Enright hasn't pitched in the Majors this season.
So in the second of a critical four-game set against the A's, Williams will oppose righty Dan Straily and get his first start since July 19. Despite exclusively pitching out of the bullpen for the last seven weeks, and not throwing more than 60 pitches in an outing since the start of August, Williams believes he "can easily go 100 pitches."
"It's just a matter of going out there and doing it," said Williams, who has gone 6-7 with a 4.60 ERA in 14 starts this season.
"He has a lot of length. He's been throwing multi-innings in the 'pen," Scioscia added. "We all feel Garrett has a very defined role in our 'pen now, and we don't want to disturb that, and Jerome's been pitching well when he has the ball. So, we all feel he's going to go out there and give us a chance to win."