Cole Hamels isn’t old school. C.J. Wilson is old school.
After throwing 22 pitches before a rain delay halted his start Friday, Wilson will get the ball again Saturday against his former team, the Rangers.
Wilson was charged with four runs in one-third of an inning and the loss after coming out tonight. Just one of those runs scored before he was replaced by Jerome Williams.
Williams, who was supposed to start Saturday, went on to pitch 6 2/3 innings and give up six runs out of the pen. Texas won the game 10-3 to improve to 22-11 on the season, while the Angels fell to 14-19.
The Rangers will counter Wilson with Matt Harrison on Saturday.
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News points out that Wilson will be the first pitcher to start back-to-back games since Aaron Myette did so under similar circumstances for the Rangers in 2002. Myette faced just one batter in his start on Sept. 3 and then came out after gave up five runs in three innings in a loss to Baltimore a day later.
Last night’s Angels-Astros game was a long affair with a bunch of homers and the use of 11 pitchers in all. The Angels used six pitchers and all of that business led to plenty of conferences. Six, in fact, which is their allotment under the new rule capping mound visits. As far as I can tell, that makes the Angels the first team to use up all of their mound visits since the advent of the rule.
Sadly, they did not try to go for a seventh, thereby testing the currently unknown limits of the rule. Umpires have been instructed to not allow additional mound visits, but they cannot issue balls or tackle anyone or anything to enforce it. Presumably, if Maldonado had walked out to talk to Cam Bedrosian about the weather or where he was going to dinner after the game, the home plate umpire would’ve simply done the old Robin Williams English policeman’s bit of yelling “Stop! . . . or I shall yell ‘Stop!’ again!” Maybe a fine would issue later, but we’ll never know.
At least until someone breaks the limit. And we know someone will, right? We should have a betting pool on who does it.