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Sporcle Saturday: Worst White Sox starting pitcher ERAs

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Can you name the top 25?

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Chicago White Sox Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning! Did you know that Jose Quintana has struggled a bit this season? I bet you did! As has been documented, things are a little off in Quintana’s game thus far, and his ERA currently sits second-worst among White Sox starters at 5.60.

Fortunately for us, the season is still relatively young, and Quintana does have time to turn things around. Unfortunately for the players in today’s quiz, however, there are starting pitchers for the Sox who never were able to turn it around. Your task? Name the 25-worst starting pitchers by ERA for the White Sox. Good luck!

Quiz parameters:

  • As usual, the quiz will accept both first and last names in addition to last names only. There are a few players on the list, however, who have tricky last names; therefore, in those instances the first name will suffice.
  • For hints, you’ll get the season and the ERA for each player.
  • You’ll be given 10 minutes to fill out the list.
  • Every player on the list started at least 20 games for the Sox during the season in which they logged their ERA, and/or qualified for the league’s Win-Loss title.

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

  • Interestingly, none of the starters on this list lost 20 games. There have been three instances where that did occur from the parameters I set: Wilbur Wood lost 20 in 1975 (4.11 ERA); Bill Wight did it in 1948 (4.80 ERA); and Ted Lyons lost 20 in 1929 with a 4.10 ERA.
  • In overall White Sox history, 20-loss seasons have occurred 8 times, with Patsy Flaherty leading the way with 25 losses in 1903.
  • What do newer metrics say? The players on this list averaged a 5.04 FIP and an ERA+ of 81.1.
  • On a personal note: I became a fan of the White Sox in 1999. There are three starting pitchers on this list from the 1999 season. A fourth missed the cut by one. Go me for choosing 1999 as the season in which to become a Sox fan.

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All data from baseballreference.com