After a 19-inning marathon victory against the Red Sox on Saturday (and part of Sunday, too), Monday's off-day came at an opportune time for the Angels, who are in the middle of the playoff hunt.
They'll send lefty C.J. Wilson to the mound on Tuesday night when the Phillies come to Orange County. Wilson has struggled in two starts since coming off the disabled list, having allowed 10 earned runs on 12 hits and six walks in seven innings. In his last six starts, he's 1-2 with an 11.03 ERA and 2.408 WHIP.
Wilson's 4.82 ERA is the third-highest in the American League among qualified pitchers. Still, general manager Jerry Dipoto has repeatedly referred to a healthy, good Wilson as the team's biggest non-waiver Trade Deadline acquisition.
So why the struggles?
"Location is the issue. There's no issue with stuff or anything else; it's just location," Wilson said after his start against the Dodgers on Thursday, in which only 54 of 100 pitches were strikes.
"I have my good stuff, I'm just not locating it precisely. Precision is the issue, not physical well-being or anything like that. I just feel like this whole year has been kind of the same, where I'll have some good stuff going and then I don't really get anything going my way. That's just the way baseball goes."
The Phillies will counter with right-hander Jerome Williams, who was claimed off waivers from the Rangers on Sunday.
Williams, 32, went 2-5 with a 6.71 ERA in 28 games this season with Houston and Texas. He is 44-52 with a 4.51 ERA in nine seasons with the Giants, Cubs, Nationals, Angels, Astros and Rangers.
Philadelphia designated right-hander Sean O'Sullivan, who was in line to make Tuesday's start, for assignment to make room for Williams on the 25-man roster.
Angels: Without Skaggs, Halos counting on back-end starters
The Angels will be without Tyler Skaggs the rest of this season and next year, losing the promising 23-year-old left-hander to Tommy John surgery, an injury that forces Matt Shoemaker and Hector Santiago into the spotlight.
Both Shoemaker and Santiago have shifted from the rotation to the bullpen and back, but only one of them figured to make the cut when Skaggs returned from his injury. Now, both will be counted on for big innings down the stretch as the Angels try to secure a playoff berth.
"I think they've been performing very well," manager Mike Scioscia said. "You can't ask much more from Matt Shoemaker or Hector Santiago about what they've done in the rotation. I think that we need C.J. Wilson to get back to being C.J. Wilson. We need Weave and Garrett to continue what they do."
Shoemaker is 10-4 with a 3.89 ERA while Santiago is 3-7 with a 3.59 ERA.
"Hopefully these guys keep doing what they do and keep moving forward," Scioscia said.
Phillies: Revere rolling
It's been a disappointing season in Philadelphia, so bright spots have been few and far between. The Phillies' come-from-behind victory in the ninth inning on Sunday against the Mets was one. Count Ben Revere's recent play as another.
In his last 16 games, Revere is 27-for-72 (.375) with an RBI and four steals. He's hit safely in 14 of his last 16 games, and his current .309 average would be the highest season total of his career.
Revere's play is even more impressive in light of the fact he's been performing despite pain in his right ankle, which he broke last season when he fouled a pitch off it against the White Sox.
"The way I play my game, there's definitely some pain there," Revere said earlier this month. "But it's the type of the deal [where] it's not getting worse, so that's the only thing that's good about it."
The two screws that were placed in the ankle when Revere had surgery on it last year are ready to come out, but Revere's not. He intends to finish out the season first.
"I told them I don't want to sit out," he said. "I'm just grinding."
• The Angels have won the last seven meetings against Philadelphia.
• Josh Hamilton is 6-for-11 (.545) in his career against Williams, with a double, three home runs and six RBIs.
• Grady Sizemore is 3-for-8 (.375) in his career against Wilson, with a home run and two RBIs.
• This is the Phillies' first trip to Anaheim since June 2003, when they lost two of three to the Angels.
Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.