Hello and happy Friday. Congratulations on making it to spring training! One of the things that will decided by Scott Servais and company down in Peoria over the next month and a half will be which seven (presumably) relief arms will start the season in Seattle’s bullpen. Several of these spots are already locked up, but the Mariners have a big ol’ pile of relievers (per usual) who’ll likely be battling it out for one or two positions on the 25-man. Interestingly, quite a few of these relievers are pretty hard throwers, which (awkard segue alert!) brings us to this week’s Sporcle...
Which semi-recent Mariners pitchers have dished out the fastest fastballs?
Over the last 15 years, an M’s pitcher has averaged 94+ mph on his fastball in a single season 48 times (min 20 IP). This has been accomplished by 21 different gentlemen. Most of these guys pitched in relief, but a couple of them were starters. Wow! How many of these flamethrowers can you name?
Notes: The velocities for this quiz are taken from the FBv values listed on FanGraphs (as determined by Baseball Info Solutions). 2002 was the year when folks started keeping track of this stuff, so that’s why it’s the cut-off in this quiz.
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