Is Angels’ Dylan Bundy an American League Cy Young candidate?
By Kyle Franzoni
Can Dylan Bundy sustain his early success for the Angels?
Whether or not Dylan Bundy can maintain his success throughout the 2020 season and beyond is the million-dollar question.
Thus far, he’s had two starts against the rebuilding Mariners and one against the first-place Athletics. As the season evolves, he’s slated a return engagement against the A’s and then will match-up against the San Francisco Giants.
While he’ll avoid the Dodgers during the team’s first series, the road ahead will certainly get tougher, with the Padres, a series in Colorado, the Astros, and the potential of meeting the Dodgers at the end of the season. Those will certainly be tougher opponents that what he’s seen thus far.
It’s also important to note that the 2020 season may provide a false narrative on Bundy’s progress as a pitcher. Shielding him by placing him only against western opponents due to COVID-19, Bundy’s evolution won’t be tested against some of the stronger offensive teams in the league. However, it will provide a decent glimpse, with six of the top 20 parks in terms of run factor are in the western divisions, with Angel Stadium currently placing second in the category.
Again though, we are talking about a three-game sample size, with two of those starts coming against a rebuilding team. Bundy’s overall transition will be better determined over the course of his next several starts. While he may not evolve into the Cy Young candidate he’s looked like over those three starts, he certainly has the chance to be a good return on investment for Billy Eppler and the Angels.