The ‘All hail the new king of the K’ quiz


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Chris Sale seems to be adjusting well to life in Boston. Whether it’s taking time out to give back to the fans or throwing 98 MPH heaters behind superstars from division rivals, the Fenway faithful have taken an instant liking to their shiny new ace. It also doesn’t hurt that Sale is currently slicing up opposing batters like they were ugly throwback uniforms.  

In his last outing against Minnesota, Sale struck out 10 Twins, and in doing so joined an elite stable of strikeout kings as one of only four pitchers in MLB history with multiple 6+ game streaks of 10+ strikeouts. Sale first pulled off the feat in 2015 as a member of the White Sox, when he was able to record double-digit punchouts in eight straight games. He will look to extend his current streak on Saturday against the Rays. 

Aside from leading all of MLB in strikeouts this season by a healthy margin (with Jacob DeGrom a distant 13 behind Sale’s scorching 73 Ks), Sale also leads in FIP and Batters Faced, drawing immense praise from fans and Hall of Famers alike. If Sale maintains this pace (or even something close to this pace), it will be very likely that Boston will have the AL Cy Young winner for the second season in a row.

Which brings us to the quiz of the day. Despite all the jaw-dropping strikeout numbers that Sale has put up throughout his career, his highest strikeout total in one game so far is 15. Can you name the 20 flame-throwers who have struck out 18 or more batters in a nine-inning game? Five minutes are on the clock.

Good luck!

Twenty-six times in MLB history has a pitcher struck out 18 or more batters in a standard nine-inning game. How many of the 26 can you name in six minutes?

CLUE: Ks / Year / Team

Name every MLB pitcher to strike out 18 or more batters in a nine-inning game

Score:
0/26
Time:
6:00
20 / 2016 / WAS
Max Scherzer
20 / 1998 / CHC
Kerry Wood
20 / 1996 / BOS
Roger Clemens
20 / 1986 / BOS
Roger Clemens
19 / 1997 / SEA
Randy Johnson
19 / 1997 / SEA
Randy Johnson
19 / 1991 / NYM
David Cone
19 / 1974 / CAL
Nolan Ryan
19 / 1970 / NYM
Tom Seaver
19 / 1969 / STL
Steve Carlton
19 / 1884 / CHB
Hugh Daily
19 / 1884 / PRO
Charlie Sweeney
18 / 2015 / CLE
Corey Kluber
18 / 2004 / MIL
Ben Sheets
18 / 1998 / TOR
Roger Clemens
18 / 1992 / SEA
Randy Johnson
18 / 1990 / LA
Ramon Martinez
18 / 1980 / MTL
Bill Gullickson
18 / 1978 / NYY
Ron Guidry
18 / 1976 / CAL
Nolan Ryan
18 / 1968 / HOU
Don Wilson
18 / 1962 / LAD
Sandy Koufax
18 / 1959 / LAD
Sandy Koufax
18 / 1938 / CLE
Bob Feller
18 / 1884 / MIL
Henry Porter
18 / 1884 / BOS
Dupee Shaw
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