Feb 23, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs pitcher Dontrelle Willis signs autographs before a game against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Yesterday we left you with a cliff hanger coming off Dontrelle Willis’s complete game shutout of the New York Mets his rookie year. D-Train was impressive his rookie year, but he had a better year as a Marlin. For moment 76 we bring you D-Train’s 2005 22 win season.
D-Train was on early in the 2005 season. He started 7-0 and hit the 10 win mark with only 2 loses. His first two games were complete game shut outs too! He led the National League in complete games with 7 and led in shutouts with 5! He was also selected to the play on the All-Star team that year! He finished the season with an ERA of 2.63 (which was 3rd in the National League) and 170 strike outs. On September 22, 2005, against the New York Mets, D-Train won his 22nd game to not only lead the National League but also grab the Marlins record for most win in a season by a Marlins pitcher! It was a good year for D-Train.
D-Train was so good, but not good enough to win the CY Young Award that year. He came close, finishing 2nd only to Chris Carpenter. Here’s hoping that someday soon we can talk about a 25 game winner and a CY Young winner for the Marlins. Until then, as always… Let’s Go Marlins!