Angels feel at home with Williams


The Los Angeles Angels pitching staff has been carried this season by Jered Weaver, Dan Haren and Ervin Santana. When Weaver, Haren or Santana starts, the Angels are 53-36 this season. When anyone else starts, the team is 24-29.

Those three will not be pitching when they face the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday Night Baseball on ESPN.

Instead, the Angels will hand the ball to Jerome Williams, who is 2-0 in his two starts this season for the Angels. One of those two starts came August 30 against the Mariners when he won while allowing four runs over seven innings.

Jerome Williams

WilliamsBefore this season, Williams -- a former first-round pick of the Giants in 1999 -- had last pitched in the majors in 2007. Williams had spent time in the minors in 2008 and 2009 before playing for the Uni-President Lions in Japan in 2010.

The Angels have scored a total of 20 runs in Williams’ 2 starts. He has allowed just one earned run in nine innings at home (1.00 ERA). He's allowed 8 ER in 8 ⅔ IP on the road (8.31 ERA) this season.

The right-handed Williams has been much more effective against left-handed batters than righties this season. Righties are hitting .359 with a .931 OPS against him while lefties have a .250 average and .656 OPS.

Williams has had a lot of trouble with the first five batters in the order. They are hitting .415 (17-41) against him while the rest are hitting .167 (5-30) against him.

The chances of Williams improving on his season numbers increase because he’s facing the Mariners, one of the league’s worst offensive teams.

Seattle enters the game with a league-worst .235 batting average. That would be the lowest batting average by a team in a non-strike season since the American League adopted the designated hitter in 1973.

It is also a continuation of the Mariners offensive struggles from last season. They have MLB’s worst batting average (.235), runs per game (3.3) and OPS (.639) in that span.

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Even Ichiro Suzuki has been affected by the slump. He has 161 hits this season, which has him on pace for 184 for the season. That would end his MLB-record streak of 10 consecutive seasons with at least 200 hits. Ichiro’s 10 seasons of 200 hits are currently tied with Pete Rose for the most all-time.

Ichiro is also hitting .272 this season, which would be his first season without a .300 batting average in his 11 years in MLB.

The only time Ichiro has faced Williams came in that August 30 contest. He went 1-for-4 with two RBI in a 13-6 loss.