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No. 93: Greatest seasons in Angels history: Fred Newman, 1965

Played his entire career with Angels


Fred Newman, 1965

Stats: 14-16, 2.93 ERA, 10 CG, 260 23 IP, 109 SO, 115 ERA+, 3.18 FIP, 1.11 WHIP

Baseball Reference WAR: 4.4

FanGraphs WAR: 3.8

Combined WAR: 4.1

Fred Newman only played six seasons in the big-leagues, and all six of them were with the Angels. He had two really good seasons, and the one we’ll be highlighting today was his 1965 campaign.

Newman had a great start and a great finish to his season, with the middle portion being just average. Through April, his ERA was 2.22 and opponents were hitting only .210 off him. From May 2 through August 25 he was middle of the pack in the Angels rotation, as his ERA was 3.68 while an opponents average of .252. During that stretch he went 9-11.

He dominated to close out the season. Over his final seven starts, Newman posted a 1.08 ERA and held opponents to a .189 average. He threw five complete games during this stretch.

There have been 19 seasons in which an Angels pitcher has made at least 36 starts. Here’s where Newman’s ranks:

  • 10 complete games (14th)
  • 14 wins (12th)
  • 260 23 IP (10th)
  • 2.93 ERA (7th)
  • 3.18 FIP (7th)
  • 6.1 walk % (1st)
  • 115 ERA+ (7th)
  • Opponents 79 OPS+ (5th)

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