Sporcle Saturday: Tiger tamers

Good morning!

With the White Sox winning 5-1 on Tuesday evening, Dylan Cease continued his dominance over the Detroit Tigers, improving to 10-0 in eleven starts against them in his young career. Further, he sports a shiny 1.91 ERA to match that 10-0 record with 75 strikeouts to just 18 walks. Considering that 4 of those walks were in the very first start of his career, I’d say that ain’t too shabby a strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.17, in case you were wondering).

While pitching wins is hardly a statistic which matters these days (though I suspect they probably still do to starting pitchers), throwing the ball well enough that a pitcher is able to pick up 10 of them in their first 11 outings does tend to raise eyebrows. And, indeed: as you’ll see from today’s Sporcle, White Sox pitching hasn’t had someone do this in over a decade.

So, today’s Sporcle: in franchise history 27 pitchers have logged at least 10 wins over their White Sox careers pitching against just the Tigers. How many can you name? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 10 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the tenure of the pitcher in question, and the number of wins they recorded against the Tigers.

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

  • While Cease’s K/BB ratio against the Tigers is the highest in franchise history, so too is his K/9 at 11.01. The next highest is 7.1.
  • The average triple-slash against from the pitchers on this list: .257/.314/.349
  • The average ERA? 2.72.

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All data from stathead.com

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Ted Mulvey
Ted Mulvey

White Sox fan, homebrewer, academic librarian. Not necessarily in that order, but quite possibly.

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20/27, and I left a couple names on the table that I really should have remembered. Some surprises on names that didn’t make the list, but plenty of familiar names turned out to dominate our neighbors to the east.

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I got 12 and then gave up. Left 3 names out there that I definitely should have had, as well as one of the two best names in White Sox history


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The guy with 51 wins against the Tigers pitched 662 innings against them. That’s more innings than “future Hall of Famer” Craig Kimbrel has pitched in his entire career.


19/27. Recognized a couple of other names, but I’m just not as sharp with the old-time pitchers as with the hitters. We need more pitchers’ quizzes, Ted!!

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How about” Sox Pitchers Whose First and Last Names Both End in the Letter O”.


12/27. Missed a few I should have gotten, but got a couple old timers by just typing in common surnames lol


The big gap from 1978 to 2000 is surprising. There were some lean years for the Tigers in the 90s when the Sox had some good teams