Halo Trivia: What Angels Pitcher Last Won the ERA Title?
Aug 19, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey (41) throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
John Lackey 2007 3.01 ERA
At the age of 28, Big John had a career year in 2007. He led the league in ERA and ERA+ at 150 in a season which saw him win 19 games and make his first All Star team. He finished 3rd in the Cy Young race and even earned a few MVP points while leading the Angels to an AL West victory. Prior to him no Angel had collected the title since Frank Tanana put up a 2.54 ERA in 1977. Nolan Ryan wouldn’t capture the crown until after his Anaheim days.
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He finished behind CC Sabbathia and Josh Beckett for the Cy Young at the same time Jake Peavy collected the hardware for the N.L. Feels like a long time ago since those names were up near the top of their profession. Lackey has maintained his value better than most of those other pitchers, last year posting an ERA of 3.82.
The decades between ERA titles for Angels pitchers saw some close calls for the championship. Most notably, Chuck Finley finished 2nd in both 1989 and 1990.
With Garrett Richards atop the rotation and pitchers like Sean Newcomb in the pipeline lets hope it’s not another 30 years before an Angels pitcher is crowned ERA champion.