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No. 89: Greatest seasons in Angels history: Dave Frost, 1979

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Dave Frost, 1979

Stats: 16-10, 3.57 ERA, 12 CG, 239 13 IP, 107 SO, 114 ERA+, 3.79 FIP, 1.266 WHIP

Baseball Reference WAR: 4.6

FanGraphs WAR: 3.8

Combined WAR: 4.2


Dave Frost was only in the majors for six seasons, and was with the Angels for four of them. By far the best season he had with the team, and for his career, came in 1979.

Frost finished the season with 16 wins and 12 complete games. He’s one of 11 players in Angels history to accomplish that in a season. He’s one of seven players to do it with an ERA+ of 114 or better.

What really helped Frost in 1979 was a great two-month stretch. Over the course of 17 starts from June 29 through September 2, Frost went 9-5 with eight complete games. His ERA was 2.64, and he was holding opponents to a .223 average. If you were two take out two of those starts in which he allowed 12 runs in nine innings, his earned run average would have been just below two.

Game of the year:

July 3 vs. Oakland: 9 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 2 SO, 0 BB // Game score: 81


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