Record vs. winning teams:
The Angels were 23-19 (.548) against winning teams in the first half and 19-14 (.576) against winning teams during the second half. Their season winning percentage against other clubs that finished above .500 was an impressive .560 -- only .026 less than their overall winning percentage for the season. The Halos were 10-9 against second-place Oakland.
Record vs. playoff teams:
The Angels were 18-15 (.545) against playoff teams during the regular season. The Angels won six of 10 games against their Division Series opponent, New York. Against the AL Central champion White Sox, the Angels were 6-4, including a three-game sweep in Chicago from Sept. 9-11. Against the Wild Card Red Sox, the Halos were 4-6. The Angels played NL East champ Atlanta in Interleague Play and won two of three.
The Angels batted .270 as a team, good for sixth in the AL. Despite ranking 10th in the league with 147 homers, the Angels finished with 761 runs, seventh-best in the AL. The club's 161 steals led the league. While the Angels' 447 walks ranked ninth, their 844 strikeouts were second-fewest in the league.
Chone Figgins led the team with 113 runs scored, sixth-best in the league, while stealing 62 bases, tops in the AL. Vladimir Guerrero ranked third with a .317 batting average, 10th with 32 homers and ninth with 108 RBIs -- all despite spending over two weeks on the disabled list. The reigning AL MVP also stole 13 bases in 14 attempts. Adam Kennedy batted .300 with 19 steals and Garret Anderson hit .283 and ranked second on the team in homers (17) and RBIs (96). Bengie Molina and Juan Rivera each hit 15 homers, while Darin Erstad scored 86 runs.
Angels 2005 hitting stats
Pitching stats: The Angels ranked third in the AL with a 3.68 ERA, just 0.07 behind league-leading Cleveland. Halos hurlers twirled 11 shutouts on the year, second most in the AL, while the bullpen racked up 54 saves, which tied for the most in the circuit. The staff allowed 158 homers, third-fewest, and 443 walks, fourth-fewest, while striking out a league-high 1126.
Cy Young Award candidate Bartolo Colon won a league-best 21 games with a 3.48 ERA, while pitching a staff-high 222 2/3 innings. John Lackey led the team in ERA (3.44), good for fifth in the league, while ranking third with 199 strikeouts. Paul Byrd (12-11, 3.74) also broke the 200-inning barrier, while Jarrod Washburn was only 8-8 despite a sterling 3.20 ERA, fourth-best in the league. Francisco Rodriguez struck out 91 in 67 2/3 innings while racking up a league-best 45 saves, while Scot Shields (10-11, 2.75) factored in many a game as the primary setup man. Kelvim Escobar (3-2, 3.02) was strong as a starter and dominant as a late-innings reliever.
Angels 2005 pitching stats
Fielding stats: The Halos finished the regular season with a league-leading and franchise record .986 fielding percentage. The team committed just 87 errors while turning 139 double plays. Angels batteries were effective at curtailing the running game, allowing only 68 steals (third-fewest in the AL) while catching 42 would-be thiefs. The Angels showed decent range, ranking seventh in the league in defensive efficiency, converting 71.23 percent of batted balls into outs.
Orlando Cabrera showed the best range on the team -- and indeed some of the best in the league -- at shortstop. The former Gold Glove made a strong bid for this year's AL award by committing only seven errors. Erstad fielded .997 and showed some of the league's best range at first base. Backup catcher Jose Molina caught more runners (20) than he allowed to steal (19). Steve Finley wasn't flashy, but quietly played a very reliable center field, while Figgins was largely effective all over the diamond. Guerrero cut down on his error total (three) while frightening opposing runners with his strong arm.
Angels 2005 fielding stats
2005 stats vs. Yankees
Career vs. Game One starter Mike Mussina:
Garret Anderson: .261 (12-for-46), 3 HR, 9 RBIs, .292 OBP, .500 SLG
Darin Erstad: .235 (8-for-34), 0 HR, 3 RBIs, .297 OBP, .294 SLG
Vladimir Guerrero: .158 (3-for-19), 0 HR, 1 RBI, .158 OBP, .211 SLG
Adam Kennedy: .316 (6-for-19), 0 HR, 1 RBI, .381 OBP, .474 SLG
Bengie Molina: .400 (6-for-15), 1 HR, 2 RBI, .400 OBP, .733 SLG
Chone Figgins: .538 (7-for-13), 0 HR, 0 RBI, .571 OBP, .538 SLG
Steve Finley: .333 (4-for-12), 2 HR, 5 RBI, .333 OBP, .833 SLG
Orlando Cabrera: .167 (2-for-12), 0 HR, 0 RBI, .167 OBP, .250 SLG
Josh Paul: .286 (2-for-7), 1 HR, 3 RBI, .286 OBP, 1.000 SLG
Jose Molina: .000 (0-for-5), 0 HR, 0 RBI, .000 OBP, .000 SLG
Casey Kotchman: .333 (1-for-3), 0 HR, 0 RBI, .333 OBP, .333 SLG
Maicer Izturis: .667 (2-for-3), 0 HR, 0 RBI, .667 OBP, .667 SLG