Sporcle Saturday: Pitcher categories II

Moving away from the win category, today’s Sporcle visits another venerable column on the statline: ERA. I still like to look at a pitcher’s ERA for a quick, general encapsulation of that pitcher’s season. I’ll use FIP, ERA+, BABIP, etc., to put things into a slightly better context, but I find it fun that a stat my grandparents were familiar with still has its uses in today’s game.

Anyway, today’s Sporcle will take a look at starting pitcher ERAs from 1990 forward. To make the cut, the pitcher must have qualified for the ERA title, and logged an ERA of 4 or under. I’ve also excluded 2020 from the list (apologies to Dallas Keuchel) due to the small sample size. That leaves us with 47 entries: how many can you name? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 10 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints I’ve provided the season and the ERA.

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

  • The highest ERA+ of the players on this list is 173, in 2014.
  • Interestingly, just one player logged an ERA+ lower than 100 (99). That came in 1992.
  • The highest FIP from this list was 4.77, nearly a full run higher than the pitcher’s ERA (3.84, in 2008).

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All data from stathead.com


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47/47 8:11 remaining.

46/47. Got frustrated and gave up with about 5 minutes left when I couldn’t think of



Exactly the same outcome for me. Got 46 within a minute or so and then stared at the screen for 5 minutes before giving up and then groaning when the answer was revealed.


Had it not been for a pretty good game he once threw, I probably wouldn’t have guessed him either.


I got him, but I definitely didn’t remember him having a full season as a respectable starter.


47/47 with 8:02 left. Took me a while to get the last one, not realizing that

the old knuckleballer had himself a pretty good year before heading to Florida.

Right Size Wrong Shape

I really enjoyed his time here. I always got a kick of how angry Hawk would get when the umpires would squeeze him, and then Hawk would get all fired up when he fooled a hitter with “the laser” (75 mph fastball).


What took me a minute is he always had an ERA just above 4, so I thought one of the relative fireballers

(like Big Ticket Free Agent Kirk McCaskill)
was the answer. Finally guessed him and was pleasantly surprised that one of his Sox seasons in fact came just below 4.

Hough is by far the most admirable knuckleballer the Sox have employed over the past 40 years.

Right Size Wrong Shape

The ones that I tried who weren’t on it were him,

Eric King
Hector Santiago
Melido Perez
James Baldwin.


That first guy was the first name I guessed! The name I put in fully knowing it wouldn’t come up but I wanted to get that sickening feeling early on a Saturday was



46/47. Just drew a blank on good old

Charlie Hough

As Cirensica

37 out of 47

I can’t believe I forgot