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A Quiz

Posted By R.J. Anderson On August 28, 2009 @ 7:30 am In Daily Graphings | 38 Comments

Last week Dave and MGL both made points about how just about anything can happen in 40 inning stints. To hammer that point home a little harder, let’s do an exercise that shows just how much variance exists. Below I’m going to list a few starting pitcher lines from the last 30 days; I’m also going to list the names of the owners of these lines, but not in order. Your job is obviously to attempt and match the line with the name without cheating.

A. 44.1 IP, 40 H, 4 HR, 8 BB, 21 SO, 2.23 ERA
B. 43 IP, 58 H, 8 HR, 4 BB, 36 SO, 4.4 ERA
C. 42.2 IP, 42 H, 4 HR, 7 BB, 52 SO, 4.22 ERA
D. 38 IP, 40 H, 9 HR, 8 BB, 32 SO, 4.97 ERA
E. 34.2 IP, 28 H, 2 HR, 13 BB, 28 SO, 2.08 ERA
F. 37.2 IP, 54 H, 6 HR, 7 BB, 12 SO, 6.21 ERA

Barry Zito
Mark Buehrle
Bronson Arroyo
Roy Halladay
Justin Verlander
Dan Haren

Answers after the jump.

Bronson Arroyo – 44.1 IP, 40 H, 4 HR, 8 BB, 21 SO, 2.23 ERA
Roy Halladay – 43 IP, 58 H, 8 HR, 4 BB, 36 SO, 4.4 ERA
Justin Verlander – 42.2 IP, 42 H, 4 HR, 7 BB, 52 SO, 4.22 ERA
Dan Haren – 38 IP, 40 H, 9 HR, 8 BB, 32 SO, 4.97 ERA
Barry Zito 34.2 IP, 28 H, 2 HR, 13 BB, 28 SO, 2.08 ERA
Mark Buehrle 37.2 IP, 54 H, 6 HR, 7 BB, 12 SO, 6.21 ERA

The best and worst pitchers alike can have identity crisis within 40 innings. If we judged them like a lot of people judged John Smoltz last week, then Barry Zito is the best pitcher in baseball and Mark Buehrle just isn’t cut out for the majors.


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