Is Angels’ Dylan Bundy an American League Cy Young candidate?
By Kyle Franzoni
With the Angels, Dylan Bundy has escaped the American League East
When the Angels acquired Dylan Bundy, they knew he had a penchant for getting hit hard. However, they also considered the fact that he’s gone to war for six seasons in the American League East, a division filled with heavy-hitting teams and small ballparks. The right-hander needed a change of scenery and the Angels were willing to provide it.
Over the course of his career, Bundy has surrendered 116 career home runs. Of those 116, 56 have come against AL East opponents. However, those struggles went far beyond just the home run ball. Here are Bundy’s stats versus his AL East rivals.
vs Red Sox – 3-8, 4.99 ERA, 1.542 WHIP, 6.6 K/9, .288/.352/.489
vs Yankees – 2-6, 6.52 ERA, 1.621 WHIP, 8.8 K.9, .273/.365/.485
vs Blue Jays – 5-3, 3.07 ERA, 1.095 WHIP, 9.6 K.9, .225/.282/.403
vs Rays – 5-6, 6.19 ERA, 1.449 WHIP, 8.7 K/9, .273/.344/.569
Outside of the Toronto Blue Jays, the AL East teams were a nightmare for Dylan Bundy. However, the environment in the AL West is completely different, with younger teams in Seattle, Texas, and Oakland, and bigger ballparks in general. Coupled with a much better defense behind him in Anaheim, and the Angels have become the perfect fit for Bundy.