GOG 2009 #31

The Twins have been slowly creeping up on the Tigers in the AL Central (though they will need to pass the White Sox as well to take that division). The A's have been doing you-know-what in the AL West. Any meeting between these two teams always inspires a discussion about how they both succeed based on their cheap homegrown talent. In Minnesota's case, that talent consists of their two monster bats (Mauer and Morneau), plus a seemingly inexhaustible supply of Brad Radke clones (i.e. pitchers who don't walk anyone, but don't get many Ks either). Oakland's farm system has provided two of their three starting pitchers (you could claim all three, since we acquired Gio for Oakland draftee Swisher), but the lineup is full of underperforming veterans, as we all know.


GOG #31 :: A Triplet Against the Twins (31 points possible)

Three game series vs Minnesota Twins -- July 20-22

UPDATE -- answers added below in bold

  1. Series outcome [3 points] 2-1 Oakland
  2. So far in Joe Mauer's jaw-dropping season, 22 percent of his fly balls are going over the fence. This is not quite Custian (I'm talking about vintage 07/08 Cust), but pretty remarkable for someone with a line drive swing. How many of Mauer's at-bats result in fly balls? Do any of those go for home runs? [3 points for the first question, +-1 for the second] 3 fly balls (includes one popup), no HR
  3. Let's not be too hard on Gio Gonzalez. It's really hard to get through many innings with a BABIP of .441 (on the other hand, he deserves plenty of criticism for walking 5.18 per 9 innings). Predict his hits allowed, strikeouts, and walks against the Twins [2 points each] 10 hits, 1 strikeout, 3 walks
  4. Gio's opponent, Nick Blackburn, is exactly the opposite type of pitcher. Blackburn's K/9 has dropped below 4 this season, but he hardly walks anybody. All that pitching to contact has led to three complete games so far this season. Predict Blackburn's IP/K/BB [2 points each] 5 IP, 0 K, 0 BB
  5. Delmon Young's 2009 season has been a disaster so far. He is striking out 30% of the time, drawing a walk only 3% of the time, and hitting for very little power. Somehow, in only 57 games, he has managed to accumulate 1.3 wins *below* replacement. How many times does Young strike out against Oakland pitching? [3 points] zero strikeouts for Young, in 8 AB
  6. Sweeney is still looking for his first walk since coming back from the DL on June 18. Will he score a free pass from the Twins arsenal of control pitchers? [+1 if right, -1 if wrong] nope
  7. How many swinging strikes for Wuertz's spectacular slider? [3 points] 7 swinging strikes in 2 IP, all from sliders... at least I'm pretty sure they were all on sliders, but I'm not really someone who knows his way around pitch-fx, so there is a small possibility that one of those was a changeup.
  8. Who steals more bases, Rajai or Denard Span? [+1 if right, -1 if wrong] neither of them stole a base, so it's a tie. Those of you who were guessing Span can thank Powell for that, since Denard was caught stealing in his one attempt.
  9. Do the A's manage to score in every inning where they have a runner on 3rd and less than 2 outs? [+1 if right, -1 if wrong] yes, they did score in each of those innings. However, our very own Daric Barton, fresh and clean from triple-A, did come up twice in one out, bases loaded situations and fail to produce a run. Fortunately Landon, Kurt, and Rajai picked up his slack.
  10. How many earned runs for Breslow, against his former team? [3 points] 0 ER in 1 IP

We've got Gio starting game 1 at 7:05. Cross your fingers, grab your rabbit's foot, and post your GOG entry...


So swatnick predicted that this would be a low scoring GOG, and it definitely is. I was pretty worried in the middle of grading it, that the scores would be even lower, after no one managed to get a single point on the question about Blackburn's line score and then Delmon Young went and didn't strike out. So I guess what I'm saying is that you all did better than I hoped!

Overall scoring statistics

  • mean = 3.90000 points
  • standard deviation = 3.14392 points
  • mode = 1 or 3 points


Your Scores

Woohoo! I'm the big wiener!

nameplace (this GOG)score (this GOG)# of GOGsplace (all GOG)score (all GOG)place (by AVG)score by AVG
colin1930419816 0.199
mikeA282932186 0.227
Rated-R Superstar825916413 0.202
stranahanahan836715N/E 0.152
zaniac75562922265 0.234
Kimberly6201912521 0.190
nevermoor62912414 0.251
micdog20018526817218 0.198
Blicks514318227 0.174
swatnick1042071741 0.262
doctorK113311214934 0.145
train803271016025 0.179
muffinpryde3271214929 0.165
adragon3212311030 0.160
oblique151241514424 0.180
Angry Sean1291614232 0.147
robbo65012808N/E 0.123
Steve in Napa11951N/E 0.032
roscoe19-1271214928 0.167
streetfan20-2311115033 0.146
Mantecan As FanDNP--1951N/E 0.024
SoCal As FanDNP--14289315 0.200
NateHSTDNP--15221127 0.225
DCinWCDNP--16308431 0.158
GoAsDNP--26617517 0.198
ZeroIndulgenceDNP--192111523 0.183
gigglingoneDNP--16201178 0.225
vegAN ryANDNP--45127N/E 0.185
diehardoaklandfan22DNP--162410612 0.202
Walton711DNP--1779N/E 0.214
JLeverenzDNP--191713011 0.208
travdog6DNP--2951N/E 0.013
BooneeDNP--35619N/E 0.174
RayJEddDNP--12251043 0.252
A'sBowlingLeagueDNP--25619N/E 0.244
elephantbaseballDNP--191812614 0.200
brian.onlyDNP--46814N/E 0.096
robertmelvinDNP--64241N/E 0.188
OaktownPowerDNP--152610120 0.196
FlashfireDNP--1876N/E 0.143
designatedforassignmentDNP--36616N/E 0.145
tresselfanDNP--4847N/E 0.046
KMoAsFanDNP--45520N/E 0.137
Gallagher's WatermelonsDNP--17310N/E 0.238
GreenOctober69DNP--1808N/E 0.190
SLOtownDNP--10366026 0.174
baseballnut020DNP--94051N/E 0.173
MaineAthleticDNP--12327322 0.187
j_rich36DNP--1847N/E 0.167
scutaroknowsthewayDNP--1913N/E 0.071
FormerHuntsvilleStarDNP--93371N/E 0.247
jay_senseiDNP--64144N/E 0.227
easyraiderDNP--12298910 0.213
Athletix ManDNP--93759N/E 0.199
A'sfaninNCDNP--2551839 0.222
Athletics fan and runnerDNP--65127N/E 0.133
Holy Toledo!DNP--1913N/E 0.083
NicoDNP--17310N/E 0.278
JLaffDNP--1904N/E 0.111
WaddellCansecoDNP--55028N/E 0.164
crb29DNP--11347019 0.196
eastcoasta'sfanDNP--45423N/E 0.161
OaktownflavDNP--36217N/E 0.156
Future EdDNP--64241N/E 0.197
JediLeroyDNP--1808N/E 0.222
DalesmanDNP--2876N/E 0.083
nateh37DNP--74439N/E 0.174
anomaly_katDNP--35918N/E 0.173
sprtsnwynDNP--26217N/E 0.250
VORP is too nerdyDNP--44632N/E 0.234
asyouwish33DNP--1808N/E 0.250
jeffroDNP--45918N/E 0.150
CutthemulletDNP--35324N/E 0.238
stabbin_mcadamsDNP--17310N/E 0.312
jasontheaDNP--44830N/E 0.219
fruitattackDNP--11473136 0.086
Helloooo 1stDNP--64534N/E 0.165
King RichardDNP--27013N/E 0.203
jplDNP--83955N/E 0.222
baseballgirlDNP--17310N/E 0.286
whiteshoes40DNP--18356835 0.116
walkoff baltimore chopDNP--1847N/E 0.200
spiffyjwcDNP--27013N/E 0.194
samljmDNP--1779N/E 0.265
pam5981DNP--73759N/E 0.276
Gaijin_SukettoDNP--16814N/E 0.424
harenshairDNP--1127972 0.258
toskDNP--54929N/E 0.179
mikevDNP--16217N/E 0.515
Leopold BloomDNP--1951N/E 0.029
ElQuesoCapitanDNP--35918N/E 0.194
TrainmanDNP--2913N/E 0.049
OptimistPrimeDNP--1895N/E 0.179
dtownmbrownDNP--36217N/E 0.167
chillicothe20DNP--1779N/E 0.265
ChadGodDNP--17013N/E 0.382
SamYamDNP--35619N/E 0.186
JLopezDNP--1913N/E 0.088
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