World Series Starting Pitchers by KearnsT

Champion(s):

Ryno23


Runner(s)-Up:

QuintongJ


Quiz Description

Good news -- there are many, many illustrious and legendary starting pitchers who have started in the World Series. Bad news -- this quiz isn't about them. Definitely not a quiz for everyone.

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Questions:

Hopefully less was more for this Venezuelan pitcher. He mustered only 40 MLB career starts, but started two no-decisions as a rookie in the 1987 World Series for the Minnesota Twins. Name him.

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Les Straker

This Louisiana native pitcher tried to give Indians fans a ride on the Love Train by notching two surprising wins against the Marlins for the 1997 Indians. He would ultimately be traded to the Phillies for the immortal Jerry Spradlin. Name him.

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Chad Ogea

This Marlins starting pitcher (along with answer #2) combined to deliver 3 wins to the indians. This left-hander lasted only 2 innings, while allowing 7 ER in Game 4. He is best known for a gruesome broken arm while pitching that would effectively end his career in 1999 while he was with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Name him.

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Tony Saunders

This 2014 Kansas City Royal was certainly one of the most unlikely game 7 starters in history. Though he's started on opening day for 2 teams a total of 4 times, his career ERA+ is only 97, helped in no small part by being the only pitcher in MLB history to allow 10+ ER in more than one start, most recently in his lone 2017 MLB appearance with the Washington Nationals. Name him.

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Jeremy Guthrie

The 1984 Padres' starting staff had a rough series. So much so that two of their pitchers tied for the *best* ERA with an ERA of 10.13. Name either -- one is better known for allowing Pete Rose's 4192nd hit, his bouts with drug problems and his membership in the John Birch Society, the other would find his way to the Tigers in 1986 in a trade for #6. (edited at 10:47 am, September 20, 2017 (CDT))

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Eric Show and Mark Thurmond

To get to the pinnacle of this pitcher's career, you'd probably look at a World Series start as a rookie for the 1982 St. Louis Cardinals, though he would also pitch on Opening Day for the woeful 1990 New York Yankees. He would be out of baseball the next year after notching 80 career wins with the Brewers, Cardinals, Giants, Tigers, Padres, White Sox, Pirates, Yankees, and Phillies. Name him.

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Dave LaPoint

This former Yankees tried to become a pitching master of suspense in the 1998 World Series, hurling 6 innings of 1 ER in Game 3. Trevor Hoffman would ultimately suffer the loss and his Padres would claim only the metaphorical silver medal. Name him.

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Sterling Hitchcock

Likely the worst start in World Series history belongs to this Pirates righty who failed to buffalo the Orioles, notching a WHIP of 15.00 and an ERA of a 108.00 ERA during the 1979 Series. He would prefer to be remembered for winning the first night game in Series history in 1971 or his superb performance in the 1982 ALCS for the California Angels. Name him.

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Bruce Kison

This perfect game hurler earned a win for the Reds in the 1990 World Series, but made greater news for being summoned over radio and television broadcasts to return to Riverfront Stadium the preceding game when he was witnessing the birth of his son. Sadly, he'd later be arrested for failure to pay child support in 2009. Name him.

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Tom Browning

This left-handed pitcher would finish 2nd in the Cy Young voting in 1988, but is likely little-remembered today, despite making starts in three different World Series (1985, 1990, and 1993) and winning two titles. Name him.

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Danny Jackson

This hurler took the loss for the Yankees in Game 3 of the 1976 World Series. He later became a drug counselor, a much better-moored lifestyle than his prior life of hurling LSD-influenced no-hitters and intentionally hurling at Cincinnati Reds batters. Name him. (edited at 10:47 am, September 20, 2017 (CDT))

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Dock Ellis

This Japanese import did win a game in the 2007 World Series, but never lived up to the gyroball reputation with which he had been preceded. Other than some strikeouts, the Red Sox probably would have been fine never rolling the dice on his 9 figure contract. Name him.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka

After having been designated for assignment by the Angels to make room for his brother, this pitcher's surprising success for the 2006 Cardinals in the World Series would make for quite a yarn. At a minimum, it landed him a World Series ring after he'd lost with the 2002 Yankees.

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Jeff Weaver

This player's contract came to epitomize the New York Yankees' reckless free agent signings in the 2000s, when he earned more than $50 million for 26 starts over 4 years. The Yankees may have remembered his 2003 Marlins' triumph over them in the World Series. Years earlier, the Expos considered him valuable enough to be one of two pieces (along with Tony Armas Jr.) acquired for Pedro Martinez. Name him.

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Carl Pavano