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    Since 1900, there have only been four times that at least 90% of a pitcher's starts in a single season were quality starts. A quality start is defined as pitching at least 6 innings and allowing 3 or fewer earned runs. Name the four pitchers and the years. No pitcher accomplished this more than once.

    (minimum 20 games started)

    1. Maddux 1994 - 24 QS in 25 starts
    2. Gibson 1968 - 32 QS in 34 starts
    3. Gooden 1985 - 33 QS in 35 starts
    4. Reuschel 1985 - 24 QS in 26 starts
    Last edited by GiambiJuice; 01-09-2013, 08:47 AM.
    My top 10 players:

    1. Babe Ruth
    2. Barry Bonds
    3. Ty Cobb
    4. Ted Williams
    5. Willie Mays
    6. Alex Rodriguez
    7. Hank Aaron
    8. Honus Wagner
    9. Lou Gehrig
    10. Mickey Mantle

  • #2
    Don't know who they are, but most likely they pitched in low offense eras. That probably means early 1900s, before WW1; mid- late 60s; or during the 80s. It's a lot easier to have a 6 IP, 3 ER game in 1967 than it is in 1930 or 2001. I'd guess that it's not in the early era, because many top starters before the 20s were starting 40- 45 times a year. More starts, more chances for things to go awry.

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    • #3
      Pedro Martinez
      Roger Clemens
      Greg Maddux
      "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

      "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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      • #4
        Originally posted by BigRon View Post
        Don't know who they are, but most likely they pitched in low offense eras. That probably means early 1900s, before WW1; mid- late 60s; or during the 80s. It's a lot easier to have a 6 IP, 3 ER game in 1967 than it is in 1930 or 2001. I'd guess that it's not in the early era, because many top starters before the 20s were starting 40- 45 times a year. More starts, more chances for things to go awry.
        A bigger issue for the old timers than the number of starts is the fact that they pitched much deeper into games. 9 IP with 4 ER is a "better" start than 6 IP with 3 ER but the former doesn't count as a Quality Start while the latter does.
        My top 10 players:

        1. Babe Ruth
        2. Barry Bonds
        3. Ty Cobb
        4. Ted Williams
        5. Willie Mays
        6. Alex Rodriguez
        7. Hank Aaron
        8. Honus Wagner
        9. Lou Gehrig
        10. Mickey Mantle

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        • #5
          Originally posted by chicagowhitesox1173 View Post
          Pedro Martinez
          Roger Clemens
          Greg Maddux
          Greg Maddux is correct but we need the year too.
          My top 10 players:

          1. Babe Ruth
          2. Barry Bonds
          3. Ty Cobb
          4. Ted Williams
          5. Willie Mays
          6. Alex Rodriguez
          7. Hank Aaron
          8. Honus Wagner
          9. Lou Gehrig
          10. Mickey Mantle

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          • #6
            Gotta go with the hometown guy - Steve Carlton '72.
            "Chuckie doesn't take on 2-0. Chuckie's hackin'." - Chuck Carr two days prior to being released by the Milwaukee Brewers

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            • #7
              Greg Maddux 1995
              "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

              "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Ben Grimm View Post
                Gotta go with the hometown guy - Steve Carlton '72.
                Incorrect.

                ......
                My top 10 players:

                1. Babe Ruth
                2. Barry Bonds
                3. Ty Cobb
                4. Ted Williams
                5. Willie Mays
                6. Alex Rodriguez
                7. Hank Aaron
                8. Honus Wagner
                9. Lou Gehrig
                10. Mickey Mantle

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by chicagowhitesox1173 View Post
                  Greg Maddux 1995
                  Incorrect.
                  My top 10 players:

                  1. Babe Ruth
                  2. Barry Bonds
                  3. Ty Cobb
                  4. Ted Williams
                  5. Willie Mays
                  6. Alex Rodriguez
                  7. Hank Aaron
                  8. Honus Wagner
                  9. Lou Gehrig
                  10. Mickey Mantle

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                  • #10
                    Bob Gibson 1968
                    Dwight Gooden 1985
                    Lefty Grove 1931
                    Carl Hubbell 1933
                    Denny McLain 1968
                    Orel Hershiser 1984 or 1988
                    Dean Chance 1964
                    "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

                    "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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                    • #11
                      Greg maddux 1994
                      "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

                      "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
                        A bigger issue for the old timers than the number of starts is the fact that they pitched much deeper into games. 9 IP with 4 ER is a "better" start than 6 IP with 3 ER but the former doesn't count as a Quality Start while the latter does.
                        Agreed- I meant to add that but didn't.

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                        • #13
                          Gibson '68, Gooden '85, and Maddux '94 are correct. One more to go.
                          My top 10 players:

                          1. Babe Ruth
                          2. Barry Bonds
                          3. Ty Cobb
                          4. Ted Williams
                          5. Willie Mays
                          6. Alex Rodriguez
                          7. Hank Aaron
                          8. Honus Wagner
                          9. Lou Gehrig
                          10. Mickey Mantle

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                          • #14
                            I'll take a stab-

                            Sandy Koufax 1964 or
                            Sandy Koufax 1965

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by BigRon View Post
                              I'll take a stab-

                              Sandy Koufax 1964 or
                              Sandy Koufax 1965
                              Koufax is incorrect.
                              My top 10 players:

                              1. Babe Ruth
                              2. Barry Bonds
                              3. Ty Cobb
                              4. Ted Williams
                              5. Willie Mays
                              6. Alex Rodriguez
                              7. Hank Aaron
                              8. Honus Wagner
                              9. Lou Gehrig
                              10. Mickey Mantle

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