Sporcle Saturday: Reliever ERAs

As Josh highlighted in both his interview with James Fegan and his article about starting pitching options, the White Sox stand a good chance of improving upon their bullpen from last year with the additions of Alex Colome and Kelvin Herrera. As the roster is currently constructed, this unit figures to be the strength of the team heading into the 2019 season, and it will be nice to have a variety of options to finish close games. I highly doubt anybody wants to see the “worst game-WPA/RE24 by a reliever” Sporcle I have waiting in the wings for a future rainy Saturday.

Happily for today, we won’t be looking at bad relief options. Instead, today’s Sporcle will test you on your knowledge of good Sox relievers: by “good”, I mean very good: those relievers that finished the season with an ERA of 2.50 or better. In team history, that gives us 53 names: how many can you get? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • As has been the case the past few weeks, some achievements must have been met to make the cut: to qualify, a pitcher must have 1) an ERA of 2.50 or less, 2) made at least 80% of his appearances in a relief role, and 3) appeared in at least 30 games.
  • I’ve allotted 15 minutes for completion attempts. (For those who may have missed the announcement last week, I’ll add a reminder for this week: you can use the stopwatch feature if you wish to turn off the countdown)
  • For hints, I’ve provided the season and the ERA of the reliever. The list is ordered chronologically from most recent.

Useless information to amaze, annoy, confuse, and/or confound your friends and family:

  • The average FIP from this list was 3.01. (It went as high as 4.07 in 1997, and as low as 1.49 from one of the 2017 players)
  • Here’s the average triple-slash against: .211/.279/.296.
  • The lowest walk rate came from (one of the players in) 1967, at 4.6%, over 124 2/3 innings.

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All data from baseballreference.com


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37/53. Not too bad. Had to stretch the mind. Only one guy that I forgot whom I should have had and would have given me three more total (from late 60s). Some surprising names not on this list


36/53. Should have had 4 or 5 more.


40… should have had two more. Missed two in my lifetime and one I should have gotten easy. 


Boomer put up 42. Bastard!


41. I don’t remember reliever ERAs at all, so this was a matter of just trying to remember who was trusted with the ball…and wasn’t

Billy Koch
. (Because we know there’s no way
Billy Koch
would make this list.)

Trooper Galactus

I was shocked to see Easy Heat was not on this list.


I’m surprised that

Matt Thornton
didn’t make this list