The Thursday Thinker: About Above Average

As we progress through the offseason, there will probably be some conversations about "league average" pitching and its value. Here's something to keep in mind during that conversation: Counting one season as the Seattle Pilots, the Brewer franchise has been around for 41 seasons, and has had 51 pitchers rack up at least 300 innings as a Brewer during that time. Of those 51 pitchers, only 24 have posted an ERA+ of 100 or better.

To put that another way: More than half of the most-used pitchers in Brewer history have been below average. For whatever it's worth, here's the bottom five:

Pitcher Seasons IP ERA ERA+
Bill Parsons 1971-1973 518.1 3.91 85
Bill Champion 1973-1976 432.1 4.41 84
Manny Parra 2007-2009 332.1 5.17 83
Glendon Rusch 2002-2003 334 5.34 78
Gene Brabender 1969-1970 331 5.00 74

 

Anyway, back to the positive. Twenty-four pitchers have posted an ERA+ of 100 or more in at least 300 innings as a Brewer. How many can you name in ten minutes?

Again, here are the rules: Post your score in the comments, but don't comment on any specific answer until after 6 pm Central time, so everyone gets a chance to try it out without having it spoiled for them. And, of course, there's no reason to cheat here, because there's no prizes.

This is probably the toughest quiz I've posted, with a handful of names on it I didn't even recognize and many more I never would have thought to guess. If you somehow manage to get them all, though, post your time along with your score in the comments. If you can get more than 10-12 of the 24, you're probably doing pretty well.

Have fun, and don't forget to post your score in the comments!

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