The good doctor took home the hardware everyone knew he deserved. Besides pacing the National League, how did he fare against his career totals?

  • 21 wins were his second most ever, 1 behind his 2003 campaign. Fact is, he could have made one more start at the end of the season and equaled that total if not for being on a playoff team.
  • 1.04 WHIP was his second lowest to his 2005 campaign when he had a 0.96 WHIP.
  • 219 strikeouts were a career high by 11.
  • 205 innings pitched were his second highest total since 2003.
  • 9 complete games were tied for the most in his career.
  • 30 walks were his third lowest total.

I predicted 24 wins for him at the start of the season and I was 3 off.  However, he had FIVE losses when he allowed 3 or less earned runs.  If this offense had come through on those days, he was looking at mid 20s.

Jose Contreras: I'm actually shocked at how pissed people are about this signing.  They forget that he was out best arm out of the bullpen for a part of the season.  He went 6-4 with 4 saves and 13 holds and sported a 3.34 ERA and 1.22 WHIP.  I really think they got him for cheap considering he showed closer stuff and there are so few closing options out there.  But 2 years, $5.5 million is a deal for good bullpen pitching.

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