HOUSTON -- Astros relief pitcher Jerome Williams, who spent the last three years with the Angels, has been helping out his current teammates during this weekend's series against the Halos by giving some scouting reports about his former team.
"I know every last one of them over there," said Williams, who went 9-10 with a 4.57 ERA in 37 games (25 starts) for the Angels last year. "Besides [David] Freese and the bench besides [Hank] Conger, I know everybody there. I know their swings; I know what they try to do."
Williams even has a knack for how veteran manager Mike Scioscia operates during games. He anticipated a hit-and-run earlier in the series with John McDonald at the plate and Erick Aybar on base.
"He put that lineup out there for a reason based on how guys produce, and he wants to have guys that have roles that know what they can do," he said.
When it comes to Mike Trout, Williams said the secret is to pitch down in the zone. Trout was 1-for-5 on Saturday with three strikeouts.
"You can still get a ball down in the zone and get him out," Williams said. "It happened with [pitcher Dallas] Keuchel and it happened with Matty [Albers]," he said. "He's still human."
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.