Can You Name These MLB Teams From Their 2018 Starting Pitchers?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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Major League Baseball holds the distinction of being one of the "Big Four". The term "Big Four" refers to the four major professional sports leagues that operate in the United States and Canada. They are namely: the NHL ( the National Hockey League), the NFL (the National Football League), the NBA (the National Basketball Association), and MLB (Major League Baseball). Out of the "Big Four", Major League Baseball holds the distinction of being the oldest one! This is part of what has influenced baseball being known as the "National Pastime" in the US; a well-earned nickname.  

There are 30 teams in Major League Baseball; 15 teams in the National League and 15 teams in the American League. Every year, each of these teams put forward a selection of starting pitchers for the upcoming seasons. Starting pitchers are invaluable and they are expected to pitch for a significant duration of the game. In this quiz we're going to test your current baseball knowledge and see if you have what it takes to match these skilled starting pitchers to their 2018 team. Let's get started!

That’s right, James Shields is a 2018 starting pitcher for the Chicago White Sox. He previously pitched for the Tampa Bay Rays, the Kansas City Royals and the San Diego Padres.

Clayton Kershaw is a starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 season. He notably has the second lowest (in MLB history) career hits allowed per nine innings pitched average (6.61).

That’s right, Jhoulys Chacin is a 2018 starting pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers. He has Venezuelan heritage and previously played for the Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres.

Jordan Zimmermann is a starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers in the 2018 season. He previously played for the Washington Nationals and is also a two-time MLB All-Star.

That’s right, Jacob deGrom is a 2018 starting pitcher for the New York Mets. He previously played college baseball for the Stetson Hatters.

Max Scherzer is a starting pitcher for the Washington Nationals in the 2018 season. He notably debuted as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks and then also later played for the Detroit Tigers.

That’s right, Jose Urena is a 2018 starting pitcher for the Miami Marlins. He grew up in the Dominican Republic and played for two seasons with the Dominican Summer League Marlins.

Wei-Yin Chen is another starting pitcher for the Miami Marlins in the 2018 season. He has Taiwanese heritage and was a pitcher for the Chunichi Dragons in Nippon Professional Baseball.

Chris Sale is a starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in the 2018 season. He notably made his major league debut with the Chicago White Sox.

That’s right, Felix Hernandez is a 2018 starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. He threw the 23rd perfect game in MLB history and the first perfect game in Seattle Mariners franchise history.

That’s right, Noah Syndergaard is a 2018 starting pitcher for the New York Mets. He is nicknamed “Thor” and was named an All-Star in 2016.

That’s right, Jon Lester is a 2018 starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. He previously played for the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics

Luis Severino is a starting pitcher for the New York Yankees in the 2018 season. He was named an All-Star in 2017 and finished third in the American League Cy Young Award vote.

Ivan Nova is a starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2018 season. He previously played for the New York Yankees and grew up in the Dominican Republic.

That’s right, Homer Bailey is a 2018 starting pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds. When he debuted in 2007, he was notably the youngest player in the National League.

Danny Duffy is a starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals in the 2018 season. He was a member of the Kansas City Royals 2015 World Series championship team.

That’s right, Kendall Graveman is a 2018 starting pitcher for the Oakland Athletics. He was originally drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays at the start of his MLB career.

That’s right, Justin Verlander is a 2018 starting pitcher for the Houston Astros. He debuted with the Detroit Tigers, playing with them for 13 seasons.

Chris Archer was a starting pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2018 season. In the same year he was then traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

That’s right, Carlos Martinez is a 2018 starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. His nickname “Little Pedro” is a direct reference to former Cy Young Award winner Pedro Martínez.

Walker Buehler is a 2018 starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was born in Lexington, Kentucky and was selected by the Dodgers with the 24th overall selection in the 2015 MLB draft out of Vanderbilt University.

Cole Hamels is a 2018 starting pitcher for the Texas Rangers. Born in San Diego, California, Hamels has also played for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Clayton Richard is a starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres in the 2018 season. He is notable for having previously played for the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs

That’s right, Stephen Strasburg is a 2018 starting pitcher for the Washington Nationals. He was notably selected by Washington with the first pick in the 2009 MLB Draft.

Patrick Corbin is a starting pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2018 season. He was an All-Star in both 2013 and 2018.

That’s right, Aaron Nola is a 2018 starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. Before this he played college baseball at Louisiana State University.

Julio Teheran is a starting pitcher for the Atlanta Braves in the 2018 season. He was notably signed by the Atlanta Braves as a non-drafted free agent at the age of 16.

That’s right, Dylan Bundy is a 2018 starting pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and was drafted by the Orioles with the fourth overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.

Zack Greinke is a starting pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2018 season. He previously played for the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Nick Pivetta is a 2018 starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. He is Canadian and previously played for the Washington Nationals.

Jake Odorizzi is a starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins in the 2018 season. He debuted with the Kansas City Royals and also played for the Tampa Bay Rays afterwards.

Corey Kluber is a starting pitcher for the Cleveland Indians in the 2018 season. He notably led the major leagues in earned run average in 2017.

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