Jerome Williams won his fourth consecutive start Saturday night overcoming five walks while giving up one run and five hits in 52/3 innings of a 6-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners and before the game Manager Mike Scioscia praised the right-hander for being the consummate team player. All of which guarantees Williams nothing in 2014. Even if the Angels tender a contract to the arbitration-eligible Williams this winter — no sure thing considering how aggressively they plan to pursue pitching — Williams 31 will have to win a rotation or bullpen spot next spring. “It's always a proving ground in the big leagues” Scioscia said on a day the Angels who have a major league-best 21-7 record since Aug. 23 were mathematically eliminated from wild-card contention. “I don't think any player should have the attitude ‘I'm here I've arrived and I just need to go out and pitch.' You want players to stay hungry keep improving keep that edge.” Staying hungry may be a key for Williams. Literally. Listed at 6 feet 3 and 240 pounds Williams has battled weight problems for years and they were an issue this past spring Scioscia revealed Saturday. “He didn't come to spring training in the best shape” Scioscia said. “I think it was an eye-opener for him and he's worked hard to get in shape.” Were the Angels who signed Williams for $2 million disappointed? “I don't know if ‘disappointed' is the right word but certainly it was addressed” Scioscia said. “Hopefully he'll learn from that have a better process over the winter and come back better next year.” Williams said he reported to spring training 15 pounds heavy thinking the extra weight would add strength and stamina and he lost it during camp.
Angels' Jerome Williams keeps streak alive in 6-5 win over Mariners
Los Angeles Times | Sep 22