It was a very forgetful year for Julio Teherán and the Angels, as both sides want to forget the awful 2020 season.
It was a rough start to the campaign for him, as he was late to camp after testing positive for COVID-19. This set him back a few weeks, as he missed the first two weeks of the season. It was evident he didn’t have enough built-up in his arm, as he struggled all season. Teherán posted career-worsts all across the board and was arguably the worst starting pitcher in all of baseball.
He finished with an ERA of 10.05. No, that’s not a misprint. He allowed more hits than ever before, walked more batters than ever before and struck out fewer batters than ever before. With the exception of maybe two outings, Teherán struggled vastly in every appearance. It hurt the Angels dramatically, as they went 2-8 in his starts. Had he just given them decent starts and allowed them to go 5-5, the Angels would have made the playoffs.
For those of you who are really into advanced baseball analytics, this graph perfectly describes and shows just how bad his season was.
For Teherán’s sake, I really hope he’s given an opportunity to prove himself next season. We’ve seen that he has really good stuff, and hopefully he can get healthy enough to prove that to teams once again.
Stats: 0-4, 10.05 ERA, 31 1⁄3 IP, 20 SO, 1.755 ERA, 8.62 FIP, 1.25 SO/BB, 45 ERA+
Game of the year
Well, since we have to pick something for the sake of the article, let’s go with his outing on September 2. Wait, it was actually, pretty decent? As hard as it is to believe, he actually had a pretty good outing for the Angels this year. Against the Padres, he threw five innings of two-run ball. He allowed only three hits and struck out two. His five innings tied a season-high for innings, and his two runs allowed tied a season-low.
Teherán is currently a free-agent.