Quiz – Pitching Pairs

Below are matched pairs of pitchers. What feat connects each of these pairs of pitchers?

Congratulations to Cubbies and Ed! They identified that, since 1922, these are the only pairs of pitchers who, in the same season, recorded fewer strikeouts than runs allowed, with a minimum of 125 strikeouts. Here are those seasons, and the pitchers’ stat lines.


Quiz – Pitching Pairs — 37 Comments

  1. A comment and a question, Doug. First: Isn’t it amazing how many of these quizzes invoke the name of Bobo Newsom? The man is/was everywhere!

    Question: Are these feats related to a single-season stat or a single-game stat?

  2. Man, this is a stumper.

    I’m focuses in on W/L and ERA…seeing a lot of big win and big loss totals from all pitchers. That’s about it though, nothing sweeping.

  3. Question: Was this something that happened when the two pitchers faced each other or was it just something that happened to both in the same season (or even in different seasons)?

  4. Really difficult. Has to have something to with volume/innings. LaMaster only pitched two years and that’s really all has is volume. From the list there is a lot of black ink for IP, losses, hbp… Not sure where to go next.

    • Yes, Tristram, LeMaster is the key. Something unusual about his one qualifying season.

      Hint: it involves the relationship between two of the counting stats on his season stat line.

  5. Hmmm….In 1937 Passeau and LaMaster both pitcher in 50 games and both struck out 135 batters. Hardly seems particularly interesting/unique.

          • You’re right. Which means we haven’t found the answer or there’s a problem with the quiz. Check out Vern Kennedy and George Caster. In 1937 they both meet the criteria of “qualifying pitchers who gave up more total runs then K’s, at least 100 of both”. And Caster and Passeau both did it in ’38.

  6. lemaster and passeau in 37
    stieb and mahler in 86
    wood and coleman in 75
    wells and wakefield in 96
    viola and smithson in 85
    torrez and blue in 79
    pearson and newsom in 34
    walberg and root in 27

    hey…i think im onto something…

  7. oh, and im pretty sure they all had over 100 in both categories too, if it matters. i might be wrong about that part though, i just closed all of the tabs and am too lazy to recheck.

  8. Cubbies (#19 and #20) has it, except for the the threshold. John Nacca’s threshold (#24) is not right.

    Look again at the totals for the seasons in #20 – that will tell you the threshold.

  9. Does it has anything to do with earned runs? Because they all gave up more runs than strikeouts but less earned runs than strikeouts

  10. That,s right, Richard. All of the seasons since 1901 are identified in the link I added to the post. This was more common in the dead ball era.

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