There might not be a more underappreciated pitcher in White Sox history than Jon Garland. He was a great player for them for a lot of years and dominated ballgames at times. He was always behind Mark Buehrle as far as hype, even though there were times where he was just as good if not better. 2005 was no different for Garland.
For the 2005 season, Garland was an All-Star for the American League. He also came in sixth for the Cy Young award. It was a great year for Garland that got to see him end it all on top. Garland was given the start in game three of the World series. He wasn’t credited with the win but he went seven solid innings in their first road game of the series. It ended up being that crazy game where Geoff Blum hit a go-ahead home run in the 14th inning.
In that crazy game that saw him go seven innings, he gave up four runs but only two of them were earned. He had four strikeouts and two walks before he was taken out of the game. It was a very potent Houston offense and Garland was able to get them to the bullpen where they and the offense would do the rest.
Garland had a magical year in 2005 and he was good in many years that followed. He played for the White Sox a total of eight seasons. He also had stints with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres, Colorado Rockies, and Los Angeles Angels. It was a nice career for a very important cog in White Sox history.