Sunday, July 26, 2015
July 20-26, 2015 Pitchers who threw complete-game shutouts against the Rockies in Colorado
Q. What pitcher accumulated the most victories since Warren Spahn retired?
Hint: His brother preceded him into the majors.
Twint: He is the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award four years in a row.
A. GREG MADDUX
- Spahn retired in 1965 w/363 W, Maddux played 1992-20008 w/355 W
FCR - Kevin Epstein, San Antonio, TX
Incorrect answers: Gaylord Perry, Nolan Ryan, Phil Niekro
Q. Whose 2000 season is deemed by the MLB network in their “Prime Nine” series as the best year by a pitcher in the modern era?
Hint: His brother preceded him into the majors.
Twint: If it weren’t for finishing second to Roger Clemens one year, he’d have won four Cy Young Awards in a row.
- Brother Ramon came to the majors in 1988, Pedro in 1992
FCR - Joe Merrill, Montpelier, VT
Incorrect answers: Eric Gagne
Q. Who is the only pitcher to have the lowest ERA in the majors (among qualifiers) for four (4!) consecutive seasons?
Hint: If he is to do it for a fifth straight time, it appears that it will be his own teammate he’ll have to best.
Hint: He challenges more than batters. He challenges you!
Twint: If it weren’t for finishing second to a knuckleballer one year, he’d have won four Cy Young Awards in a row.
- MLB ERA leader 2011-14
- Current ERA leader is Zack Greinke
FCR - Jake Hopper, Houston, TX
Incorrect answers: Sandy Koufax, Greg Maddux, Bronson Arroyo
Q. Who threw no-hitters before and after but not while he played for the New York Mets?
Hint: He was nicknamed "Tornado" due to his pitching motion.
Hint: Two dozen reporters followed him into a bathroom at an All-Star Game.
Twint: Until Clayton Kershaw, he was the last Dodger to lead the NL in strikeouts.
A. HIDEO NOMO
- Reporter posse at 1995 All-Star game, which Nomo started & pitched 2 scoreless innings
- Led NL in K’s his rookie year, 1995
FCR - Rich Klein, Plano, TX
Incorrect answers: David Cone, Nolan Ryan, Pedro Martinez
Q. Who pitched in the majors for 20 years, was only selected to the All-Star team once, but was the National League starting pitcher for that game?
Hint: At the end of his rookie season, he once alertly threw his mitt, with the ball wedged in it, to the first baseman in time for the out.
Hint: It wasn’t enough since he was the losing pitcher in that game.
Hint: He was the winning pitcher in the only World Series game Mitch Williams ever saved.
Twint: Only two players in history played for more teams in the majors than he did.
- 1993 ASG
- Mitt/glove combo thrown to Bob Brenley to put out Keith Hernandez 03-Sep-1986
- 1993 WS G 2 17-Oct-1993
FCR - Doug Greenwald, San Francisco, CA
Incorrect answers: Curt Schilling, Jamie Moyer
Q. Who was the first pitcher to win fifty career games for the Colorado Rockies?
Hint: In his major league debut, pitching for the Dodgers, he rack up ten strikeouts and pitched a complete-game shutout against the Phillies.
Twint: He was the last 20th century pitcher to gain seventeen victories, but finish the season with an ERA over 5.00.
- MLB debut 03-Jul-1992
- 17 W, 5.04 ERA in 1999
FCR - Walt Cherniak, Woodbine, MD
Incorrect answers: Mike Hampton, Jason Jennings, Hideo Nomo, Kevin Ritz
Q. Who surrendered Mark McGwire’s 500th career home run?
Hint: Five innings later, he surrendered his 501st but still won the game.
Hint: Trevor Hoffman got his 220th save in that same game.
Hint: In the 4th inning of his second career start, he threw an “immaculate inning”, fanning three.
Twint: In the 1990’s, no pitcher had a complete game with fewer pitches thrown than he did.
Twint: Pedro Astacio was the loser in that game.
A. ANDY ASHBY
- McGwire HR’s 05-Aug-1999
FCR - Bob Flynn, Chandler, AZ
Incorrect answers: Steve Trachsel, Jake Peavy
Q. What former Cowboy was the losing pitcher in the only postseason game he ever played?
Hint: Although he had ten years of major league service, he didn’t get a single Hall of Fame vote.
Hint: Vanna should have sold him another vowel.
Twint: His brother Doug was drafted by the Astros and played several seasons in the minors.
A. DAVE MLICKI
- In the majors 1992-2002 (missed all of 1994)
FCR - Don Wells, Bartlett, TN
Incorrect answers: Eli Grba, Scott Baker, Kent Hrbek
Q. Who owns the record for the most consecutive hits surrendered in an All-Star game?
Hint: He took the loss for the game.
Hint: Five years later he set the record for most bases-on-balls surrendered in a National League Championship Series game.
Twint: No one can say that he Left Early (but he did, if only by a little).
A. TOM GLAVINE
- 7 straight H 1st inning of 1992 ASG
- 7 BB in 1997 NLCS G 6
FCR - Mark Jones, Birmingham, AL
Incorrect answers: Atlee Hammaker, Steve Avery, Ryan Dempster, John Smoltz, Mitch Williams, Burt Hooton, Roger Clemens
Q. Who is the most seasoned Nashville Sound this year? (No, we’re not talking about Connie Britton.)
Hint: He has not on only pitched in THE World Series but in the Colt World Series, the Palomino World Series and the Connie Mack World Series.
Hint: Few players have ever parlayed hardware into financial comfort as well as he did.
Twint: He has been known to carry satin pillows on road trips.
Twint: He has also been known to buy back his own autographed baseball cards on eBay.
A. BARRY ZITO
- Won 2002 AL CYA; Signed with SFG for $126 million over 7 years in 2007, but underperformed for virtually the entire life of the contract
FCR - Eric Stone, Los Gatos, CA
Incorrect answers: Marco Scutaro, Rick Aguilera, Phil Coke
Q. Who is the only former major leaguer with a cameo appearance in the 2008 movie “Sugar”?
Hint: He was the youngest player in either league when he broke into the majors.
Hint: In his final season, he won the Tony Conigliaro Award.
Twint: He was a pivotal part of one of the most storied postseason upsets of the playoff era.
Twint: He was also named the MVP of that series.
A. JOSE RIJO
- 18 yrs. 328 days
- 2002 Tony C. Award, given to the players who overcome obstacles and adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage.
FCR - John Wilson, Mesa, AZ
Incorrect answers: Alfonso Soriano, Byron Browne
Q. Who was the last pitcher to have consecutive 20-win seasons in the majors?
Hint: His career record against the Cincinnati Reds is better than any other pitcher’s in their 146-year history.
Twint: Though he never won 20 games in a season again, he did manage to get 20 sacrifice hits the following year.
Twint: In so doing, he led the league and tied the record for most sacrifice hits by a pitcher in one season.
A. ROY OSWALT
- 20-10 in 2004, 20-12 in 2005
- 25 career decisions: 22-3) 22 wins and his .880 W-L% (min 5 decisions)
- 2006 20 SH tied with Javier Vasquez (2009), Steve Rogers (1983) and Urban Shocker (1926-7)
FCR - Dan Silverberg, Aventura, FL
Incorrect answers: Adam Wainwright, Roy Halladay, Randy Johnson, Kurt Schilling, Greg Maddux, Joey Jay, Jack McDowell, Tom Glavine
Q. Who is the only pitcher in the last 25 years to lead his league in ERA despite a losing season?
Hint: It is he whose no-hitter was the result of ten strikeouts, 108 pitches, and a first inning dinger by Ricky Ledee.
Hint: He is one of three pitchers with the same first name to no-hit the same franchise.
Twint: He was the starter in the Seattle Mariners combined no-hitter.
- No-hit SFG 27-Apr-2003
FCR - Joe Thompson, Splendora, TX
Incorrect answers: Nolan Ryan, Zack Greinke, Felix Hernandez, Phil Niekro
Q. After the Marlins had existed as a franchise for five seasons, who held their career pitching records for games started, wins and strikeouts?
Hint: In spite of the team’s dreary record early on, he is still the only Marlins pitcher to lead the National League in losses.
Hint: His record of 14-7 represented the only winning season of his ten-year career in the majors.
Twint: He is Nolan Ryan’s father. Really.
Twint: When informed of this, Nolan Ryan signed the birth announcement.
A. PAT RAPP
- 1997: 117 GS, 37 W & 384 K’s
- 1996, 8-16
- 14-7 in 1995
- His hero signed it and sent it back.
FCR - Bradley Curtis, Roseville, CA
WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers who threw complete-game shutouts against the Rockies in Colorado
Pitcher Date Winner Score Venue
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one
Incorrect theme guesses:
Monday - Hall of Fame Pitchers whose brothers also pitched in MLB
- Hall of famers who followed their brothers’ MLB debuts
- Pitchers whose season ERA was the lowest in proportion to the league ERA
- 1990s NL Cy Young Winners
- 2010s Hall of Fame Inductees
- Cy Young Award winners whose surnames begin “Ma”
Tuesday - Multiple Cy Young Winners
- Unanimous Cy Young Award Winners
- Pitchers since 1920 who have had 2 or more seasons with an ERA under 2.00
- Pitchers who have won consecutive Cy Young awards
- Pitchers who led the league in ERA and had the largest margin over the second place finisher
- starting pitchers with more than 1 season of an ERA under 2.00
- Players who threw no-nos for the Dodgers
Wed - Pitchers with over 1,500 strikeouts
- Pitchers with over 2,000 strikeouts
- Pitchers to start one career All-Star game
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