While Dylan Cease and the White Sox’ results were, uh, less than ideal on Thursday evening, Cease still managed to strike out eleven Yankee batters in just four innings. He currently leads all of MLB in strikeouts, tied with Shane McClanahan with 58. It’s a good bet Cease is on pace for another 200 strikeout season as he finished seventh in MLB last season with 226 Ks.
In fact, last season marked the first time since 1971 the White Sox had two pitchers finish a season with 200 or more strikeouts and the first time in franchise history that they had four pitchers log at least 170 Ks. So today, I’ve tasked you with naming all pitchers throughout White Sox history who have crossed the 170 strikeout threshold in a season. That adds up to a nice, round 50 player seasons. How many can you name? Good luck!
- I’ve allotted 10 minutes for completion attempts.
- For hints, I’ve provided the season and the number of strikeouts.
Useless information to amaze, annoy, confuse, and/or confound your friends and family:
- The longest gap of 170K seasons in franchise history? From 1916 through 1952, no White Sox pitcher accomplished the feat.
- The longest streak of at least one White Sox pitcher recording such a season is 8, from 1905-1912.
- The highest ERA of the pitchers on this list is 4.87 (1985), while the lowest is 1.27 (1910).
All data from stathead.com
50/50 with 5:32 left. A lot of these were seasons I remembered, but I was fortunate that a couple of the early entries could be gotten with a generic guess.
Fun quiz based on a truly weird pitching performance this week. I wonder what the highest BABIP for a Sox pitcher recording at least 8Ks is?
Unfortunately Stathead doesn’t have a good way to answer this on a game-rate basis. I can say that Cease is one of five Sox pitchers in franchise history to record at least 8 strikeouts and allow at least 8 base runners and last just 4 innings. You can see the full list here:
It likely is unsurprising to you to learn that
And this nugget on the tenth anniversary of his MLB debut! Nicely done.
50/50 with 7:34 left. Surprising how many good Sox pitchers never made the list.