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No. 98: Greatest seasons in Angels history: Bartolo Colon, 2005

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Texas Rangers vs Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - June 21, 2005 Photo by Kirby Lee/Getty Images

Bartolo Colon, 2005

Stats: 21-8, 3.48 ERA, 222 23 IP, 157 SO, 122 ERA+, 3.75 FIP, 1.16 WHIP, 3.65 SO/W

Awards: Cy Young Award winner, All-Star, MVP (23rd), August AL Pitcher of the Month

Baseball Reference WAR: 4.0

FanGraphs WAR: 4.1

Combined WAR: 4.05

Throughout his storied career, Bartolo Colon had many great seasons. However, none were better than his Cy Young winning season in 2005. During his 21-year career, Colon finished in the top six of the voting four separate times, but only won it once.

Colon is one of two pitchers in Angels history to win the Cy Young Award, joining Dean Chance who won the award all the way back in 1964.

For Colon, his August helped him win the award. Through the end of July, Colon was 12-6 with a 3.72 ERA. He made six starts in August, going at least seven innings in all of them. Colon went 5-0, posting a 1.72 ERA. In 47 innings he walked only four batters. If you were to take his ERA on the season without August, it would be just under 4.00

Colon’s season ranked across the American League in 2005:

  • 3.48 ERA (8th)
  • 21 wins (1st)
  • .724 winning percentage (4th)
  • 1.16 WHIP (3rd)
  • 157 strikeouts (8th)

Colon’s 2005 season ranked in Angels history (among pitchers who made 30 starts)

  • 21 wins (2nd)
  • 3.48 ERA (54th)
  • 3.75 FIP (62nd)
  • 122 ERA+ (22nd)

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