Sporcle Saturday: Pitcher categories I

Well folks, despite there being a variety of hitter categories left (RBI, runs, OBP, to name a few), the names we’ve seen the last few weeks are the same ones showing up. Unsurprising really; the Sox have had some pretty consistent offensive performers (and non-performers!) over the years, so it makes sense they’d be the ones that are a constant in this part of the universe.

So, let’s switch over to pitching. Today’s category will center around the venerable but flawed pitching win. In a sense, though, that’ll help to add some names to the list. I set the cutoff at 10 wins, which gives player names with both good and poor seasons. In all, there are 84 entries: how many can you name? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 10 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the year and the number of wins.

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

  • The average triple-slash against from these pitchers: .257/.316/.404.
  • The highest ERA (and second-highest FIP) of the players on this list is 6.13, in 2018. (5.74 was the runner-up, in 1997)
  • The lowest ERA (and lowest FIP) from these pitchers is 2.17, in 2014.
  • One reliever made this list, in 1990.

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All data from stathead.com

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Dan Wright
’s 2002 isn’t enough to convince someone that wins are a stupid stat, I don’t know what is.


84/84 with 6:12 left, and that reliever from 1990 was the first name I entered. I consider Matt Foster his reincarnation.


84/84 5:45 remaining. Boomer got 84/84 with 4:39 remaining.


I struggled with a few names, but finally got all 84 with 18 seconds to spare.