ST. LOUIS — A common sight this Angels season has been a baseball skipping away from the plate while an opposing runner takes another 90 feet.The Angels lead the major leagues with 51 wild pitches, 13 more than any other team, coming into Sunday’s games. Although a wild pitch is, by definition, mostly the responsibility of the pitcher, it seems that catcher Jonathan Lucroy has been behind the plate for a disproportionate amount.Lucroy has been behind the plate for 40 wild pitches and five passed balls. The total of 45 balls getting by are the most for any catcher in the majors. Seattle Mariners catcher Omar Narvaez is second, with 31, including just two passed balls.Lucroy has had one wild pitch or passed ball per 10.4 innings behind the plate, while the Angels other two catchers have had one every 18.1 innings. The major league average is one every 20.2 innings. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter “You’re going to have wild pitches and passed balls,” Lucroy said. “It’s part of the game, especially when you have guys who throw the ball really hard, and when they throw the ball really hard they are going to be wild. It’s all relevant. Not to make that an excuse, but I’ve got to be better. I work at it every day. I just got to be better.”Ausmus said during his playing days he had a couple “blocking slumps” in which he was letting too many balls get by him.“I went through it once early in my career when I was with the San Diego Padres and I went through it once later in my career when I was with the Houston Astros,” Ausmus said. “I found the longer I played that if I had a game where I felt like I wasn’t blocking right if I did some work on it it would some to recover quickly… Like hitting, you just get into a bad habit and it’s usually slowly over the course of time and it manifests itself over the course of a couple games and you have to address it.”ALSORelated Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield The Angels have not listed a starting pitcher for Wednesday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds, but Ausmus said it will probably be someone who isn’t currently with the team. It could be Trevor Cahill, who the Angels are also considering for a bullpen role after he returns from the injured list. Otherwise, the most likely candidate seems to be Nick Tropeano, who is healthy but hasn’t pitched in a week at Triple-A. …Left-hander Dillon Peters, who may have been a candidate for this week’s spot start, was placed on the Triple-A injured list on Sunday with an adductor strain. He is expected to miss two to three weeks…Andrelton Simmons is still rehabbing his sprained ankle in Anaheim. Ausmus said Simmons is in “a holding pattern” while the Angels decide if he’s ready to be activated or if he needs another minor league game.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 0-1, 5.68) vs. Cincinnati Reds (RHP Tyler Mahle, 2-7, 4.17), 7:07 p.m. Tuesday, Fox Sports West Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Certainly, a large part of the equation is Angels pitchers. They’ve thrown the third most balls in the dirt with a runner on base in the majors.“It falls on both (the pitcher and catcher),” said Manager Brad Ausmus, a former catcher. “It’s the catcher’s job to block the ball. Some of them are very difficult, but it’s a combination.”Ausmus said the team is “100 percent” aware of the Lucroy’s struggle in that area this year, and catching coach José Molina has worked with him on tightening up that part of his game.“That’s something he’s worked a lot on,” Ausmus said. “He kinda had some spells where he doesn’t get his glove down… He and Jose have been working to get that glove down and cover up the five-hole (between the legs). Your instinct is to shy away from the ball but you have to get your glove down and wear it basically.”Lucroy conceded that it’s something he’s trying to improve.