Given the results after his talk with C.J. Wilson last week, that might not be a good thing.
Wilson tries again for his first victory since June on Monday night when the Angels open a three-game home series against the Cleveland Indians .
Los Angeles fell to 3-8 in August following a 4-1 loss to Seattle on Sunday. The Angels (60-55) dropped two of three to the Mariners, with ace Jered Weaver having his nine-start winning streak snapped in Sunday's defeat.
Scioscia held a 20-minute meeting with his players after the game. Los Angeles is eight games behind Texas in the AL West - its biggest deficit since late April - is two games out of the second wild-card spot and needs to overtake two teams."I'm not going to talk about specifics, but what I said is that sometimes you just have to have perspective of not how far you are to your goal - but how close you are to it," Scioscia said. "We're going to have time to reach our goal if we get back to playing the way we can, and we're not that far away from where we need to be."
The Angels manager, along with pitching coach Mike Butcher , also met recently with Wilson (9-8, 3.34 ERA), who has lost his last four decisions and is winless since a victory over Baltimore on June 26.
Wilson gave up six runs - three earned - and nine hits while walking five over five innings of a 10-4 loss to Oakland on Tuesday.
"It's just frustrating that we're in a pennant race and I haven't contributed to us winning any games recently," Wilson told the Angels' official website.
The left-hander is 2-1 with a 3.13 ERA in four starts against the Indians. He's also faced them 18 times as a reliever.
Wilson may not have much room for error against Justin Masterson (8-10, 4.68), who is 2-0 with a 1.55 ERA in six starts versus the Angels. On April 27, he allowed two runs and four hits in 8 1-3 innings of a 3-2 victory, although he didn't factor in the decision.
The Indians (53-62) have lost 18 of 24 and settled for a split of their four-game series with Boston after a 14-1 loss Sunday. They split a four-game series with Boston over the weekend, losing 14-1 Sunday.
It was the sixth time in 13 games Cleveland has allowed 10 or more runs."It was catch-up baseball from the get-go," manager Manny Acta said. "It's not fun at all when you come to the plate and you're down by five runs."
With the bullpen taxed, Masterson will try to give the Indians an extended outing, but he has given up 17 runs in his last two road starts.
After consecutive defeats on the road, the right-hander was much sharper at home against Minnesota on Wednesday, surrendering two runs and three hits in seven innings of a 6-2 victory.
Torii Hunter is 5 for 15 with three homers against Masterson. Hunter is hitting .409 over the last 17 games, going 4 for 8 in the final two games against Seattle.
|August 06, 2012||Travis Hafner||Day-to-Day||Back soreness|
|August 06, 2012||Travis Hafner||15-Day DL||Lower back inflammation|
|June 30, 2012||Lonnie Chisenhall||60-Day DL||Fractured right ulna - out 4-6 weeks|
|June 29, 2012||Lonnie Chisenhall||Day-to-Day||Fractured right ulna - out 4-6 weeks|
|June 05, 2012||Jose Lopez||Day-to-Day||Sore lower back|
|May 27, 2012||Jack Hannahan||15-Day DL||Strained left calf|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|July 30, 2012||Mark Trumbo||Day-to-Day||Back spasms|
|July 30, 2012||Dan Haren||Day-to-Day||Back stiffness|
|July 29, 2012||Mike Trout||Day-to-Day||Left knee contusion|
|July 28, 2012||Scott Downs||15-Day DL||Left shoulder strain|
|July 22, 2012||Erick Aybar||15-Day DL||Fractured big right toe|
|July 22, 2012||Erick Aybar||15-Day DL||Fractured big right toe|
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Justin Masterson ended Cleveland's 11-game skid in his previous start with a strong outing against Minnesota. He had another one Monday night against the Los Angeles Angels to help stop the Indians' 10-game road losing streak.
"I had no clue. I just wanted to go out and pitch well," Masterson said after taking a shutout into the seventh inning of a 6-2 victory.
"Starting another long road trip, you want to start out with a good effort. And that's what I was trying to give us. I got behind in a few counts where I didn't want to, but I'll definitely take the effort that I had tonight. I caught a couple of breaks here and there, which always helps out."
Brent Lillibridge homered off All-Star lefty C.J. Wilson, who has dropped five straight decisions, to help the Indians bounce back from their most lopsided loss of the season.
In the opener of a 10-game trip, Masterson (9-10) scattered six hits, struck out four and walked three over six-plus innings. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in seven career starts against the Angels, the lowest mark of any pitcher with at least five starts against them.
"He was throwing low-to-mid-90s (mph) with a power sinker, and it's good enough that he can probably just use that one pitch and get by. But he combined it with a few off-speed pitches," Angels slugger Mark Trumbo said. "One pitch goes straight and the next drops a couple of feet, so sometimes your eyes and your mind aren't quick enough to adjust."
Joe Smith relieved Masterson after Trumbo led off the seventh with an infield hit and Alberto Callaspo singled. The sidearming righty retired Howie Kendrick on a fly ball, struck out Erick Aybar and slipped a called third strike past Chris Iannetta with two runners in scoring position.
Vinnie Pestano , who was born in nearby Huntington Beach, attended Anaheim's Canyon High School and played his college ball at Cal State Fullerton, gave up a majestic two-run homer by Albert Pujols into the left-field bullpen with one out in the Angels' eighth after a leadoff walk to Mike Trout .
Pujols' 25th homer snapped the right-hander's scoreless streak at 21 1-3 innings, the longest by an Indians reliever since Paul Assenmacher 's run of 23 1-3 innings in 1997.
But the Indians responded with three runs in the ninth after Jason Isringhausen inherited a bases-loaded, none-out jam from Hisanori Takahashi . Lou Marson drew a bases-loaded walk, pinch-hitter Jason Kipnis followed with a sacrifice fly and Casey Kotchman scored on a wild pitch.
Esmil Rogers gave up two singles to begin the Angels' ninth, but Chris Perez struck out all three batters he faced to get his 32nd save in 36 chances and 100th of his career.
" Esmil Rogers was nice enough to give C.P. a save opportunity so he'd get that 100th save, so it was a real good team effort," Masterson joked. "I mean, if that isn't a team player, I don't know who is."
The loss kept the Angels eight games behind first-place Texas in the AL West.
"It's disappointing, but it's where we're at," Trumbo said. "That's the reality of it. So you can either pout and sulk over what's been going on, or you can chalk it up and say that it's going to happen sometimes. I think everybody probably wishes they might be doing a little better at this point. We're not terribly removed from the top teams, and I think everyone in this room really believes that's where we're going to be."
Wilson (9-9) allowed three runs - two earned - and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out five and was replaced by LaTroy Hawkins after knocking down Marson's line-drive single with his bare hand.
Wilson left with a bruise and X-rays were negative. He is 0-5 with a 5.36 ERA and seven home runs allowed over his last eight starts after going 5-0 with a 1.35 ERA and only one homer allowed in his previous eight outings.
The Indians, coming off a 14-1 home loss to Boston, got the jump on Wilson with consecutive RBI singles by Jason Donald and Asdrubal Cabrera in the third inning. One of the runs was unearned due to Kendrick's error on a leadoff grounder to second base by Lillibridge.
Cleveland extended its lead to 3-0 in the fourth when Lillibridge homered to left-center with two outs. It was his second in 13 games with the Indians, after going homerless in his 79 previous games this season with the White Sox and Red Sox. He hit 13 last year for Chicago.
"He brings us a lot of versatility and energy," manager Manny Acta said. "We saw Lillibridge from the other side of the field when he was with the White Sox, and he can play the infield and the outfield. And now that we've been giving him more at-bats, he's been swinging the bat better and he's done a good job against lefties. Plus, he has speed, which is something we didn't have early in the year."
NOTES: Isringhausen, who broke into the majors with the New York Mets in 1995 as a starter and became a full-time reliever in 1999 with Oakland, surpassed 1,000 innings. ... The Angels haven't scored a first-inning run in eight consecutive games - despite the fact that Trout, their leadoff hitter, has crossed the plate a major league-leading 88 times. Trout walked in the first before extending his club record for consecutive stolen bases to 28. ... Pujols became the ninth player to hit 25 or more homers in 12 consecutive seasons.