Last week, starting pitcher ERAs was the name of the game. This week, we’re calling the bullpen to get the relievers up and throwing. Similar to last week, I had to determine where the bar would be set: how low an ERA, the number of appearances, etc. Ultimately, there were two bars relief pitchers needed to clear: to qualify for the list, a pitcher must have compiled 40 or more appearances in a season, and also logged an ERA of 3.00 or lower.
In what I’d imagine is a numerical coincidence, those qualifiers gave this Sporcle 46 entries, just one short of last week’s quiz. How many can you get? Good luck!
- 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 pitchers on this list is a robust 293, coming in 2003. That did not lead the majors that season, however, as John Smoltz recorded an ERA+ of 385.
- By the way, the highest ERA+ recorded by an MLB reliever from 1990 to the present is an insane 832 by Kevin Siegrist for the Cardinals in 2013. That also appears to be the highest in baseball history by a reliever.
- The average triple-slash against of the players on this list: .211/.288/.309.
All data from stathead.com
37/46 and I’m embarrassed by my performance. Easy misses
I had more trouble with the more recent ones than the older ones.
Seeing the churn of forgettable relievers in the 2010’s is painful
36/46, and my most embarrassing miss was the single best pitcher on this quiz.
Yep I missed him too. Lol. My brother got 37 as well but he got him.
Missed him too. I forget that he pitched that many games.
40/46, and 4 of the misses were from the last 7 years.