Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/4/12

C.J. Wilson arrived with the Los Angeles Angels this season with a reputation as a free thinker with varied interests off the field -- and a tendency to overthink it on the field, leading to high pitch counts and high-stress innings at times.

The Angels have seen some of that in his seven starts since the end of June, and they've taken steps to refine Wilson's approach. The left-hander met privately with manager Mike Scioscia and pitching coach Mike Butcher Friday afternoon in Chicago after matching a career high with eight runs allowed in 5 1/3 innings at Texas on Thursday.

"It was really a strategy meeting more than anything," Scioscia said before the Angels' 8-6, 10-inning loss to the White Sox.

The Angels would like Wilson to make early-count outs a bigger part of that strategy. Butcher talked about the need to strive for retiring batters within three pitches or less in order to get deeper into games.

"Every pitch doesn't have to set up another pitch," Butcher said. "He has enough stuff to where we think he can go out there and be a little bit more efficient early in the count and get some early-count outs.

"You go out there with a strategy of getting a hitter out in three pitches or less, throwing every pitch that you throw to get an out."

After going 9-4 with a 2.36 ERA through the end of June and holding opposing batters to a .204 average in his first 16 starts, Wilson is winless in his past seven starts with a 5.36 ERA, a hit an inning and a .264 batting average against.

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