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GOG 2009 #33

So that went exactly like we planned it right? Get clobbered by the Yankees so that now we can head in to Boston and sweep away the Red Sox playoff dreams?

Things haven't been going very well for the Boston team lately. They have fallen out of first place, and their offense is slipping down the runs scored rankings. Unfortunately for the A's, this series will feature both Josh Beckett and Jon Lester on the mound, who form as good a 1-2 combination as any team could hope for. Can the A's muster enough firepower to shut up the Fenway crowd? Or did they really just travel to Boston to search for someone to trade away Cabrera to?

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GOG #33 :: AL East Spoilers (33 points possible)

Four game series @ Boston Red Sox -- July 27-30

UPDATE -- answers added below in bold

  1. Series outcome [3 points] 2-2 split
  2. Over his last 10 starts, Jon Lester has an ERA of 1.83, is striking out 11 batters per 9 innings, while allowing just 2.6 BB per 9. Predict his ER/BB/K against Oakland [2 points each] 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
  3. Eric Patterson has nothing left to prove in AAA, but that might not be enough to make Geren's lineup card. How many games does Patterson start? [3 points] Patterson starts 3 games
  4. In honor of Rickey, how many bases do the A's steal in the series? [3 points] Oakland steals 7(!) bases
  5. Dustin Pedroia may not be hitting for power the way he did in his MVP season last year, but he has slightly upped his walk rate and pretty much never strikes out, giving him a pretty ridiculous BB/K of 1.63. How many times will he strike out against Oakland pitchers? [3 points] Pedroia strikes out twice (once by Andersn, once by Gio)
  6. This season, Gio has been a man of extremes. In his start, does he allow between 3 and 5 earned runs? Or is his start one of the extremes, sparkling like in New York or atrocious like against Minnesota? [+1 if right, -1 if wrong] he allowed 3 ER, so that's not an extreme
  7. In this post from Beyond the Box Score, Okajima is found to be one of the most deceptive pitchers in baseball, as measured by the percentage of pitches taken by hitters that turn out to be called strikes (scroll down to the comments, where they correct the statistic for the pitcher's control and Hideki jumps into 4th place). How many called strikes do the A's suffer against him? (An aside: Ziggy comes out as one of the least deceptive pitchers in baseball, which I thought was odd at first. But that's because this statistic is about called strikes and Ziegler's about bad groundball contact.) [3 points] Okajima only had one appearance, where he faced 5 batters and recorded only 2 outs, but he got 6 called strikes
  8. Does Cahill give up a home run in his start? [+1 if right, -1 if wrong] yes, to Pedroia, and everyone got this question right
  9. How many runs are scored in the series by the bottom third of the Oakland lineup, that refuge for sub-.300 OBPs? [3 points] 9 runs!
  10. Will Cabrera still be an Athletic by the end of the series? [+1 if right, -1 if wrong] yes, but for how much longer?
  11. Bonus question: Predict Wallace's batting line, AB/H/RBI, for the first three games of the Rivercats series against Salt Lake (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) [2 points each] 9 AB, 3 H, 2 RBI

Get your entries posted before the first pitch, at 4:10 pm. If you don't GOG, I hate you and find you stupid.

Results

Turnout was kind of slim for this GOG... you must all really hate the Red Sox, eh?

Overall scoring statistics

  • mean = 7.37500 points
  • standard deviation = 3.64920 points
  • mode = 4 or 10 points
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via cfcp.uchicago.edu

Your Scores

Congratulations to muffinpryde on the win! Also, I just became the newest member of the 200 points club, but nevermoor, zaniac75, and mikeA are really just on another planet (a planet that is good at guessing meaningless baseball stats).

name place (this GOG) score (this GOG) # of GOGs place (all GOG) score (all GOG) place (by AVG) score by AVG
muffinpryde 1 13 29 10 166 25 0.172
micdog2001 2 12 27 6 184 13 0.204
mikeA 3 10 31 3 232 6 0.227
JLeverenz 10 21 17 144 11 0.209
Rated-R Superstar 10 27 7 183 12 0.209
harenshair 10 12 25 107 1 0.262
zaniac75 7 9 31 2 237 5 0.231
roscoe 8 8 29 13 161 28 0.168
doctorK 9 7 33 11 164 31 0.150
A'sfaninNC 7 27 5 194 9 0.218
adragon 7 23 20 117 30 0.156
oblique 12 4 26 14 153 24 0.177
colin 4 32 4 202 20 0.191
nevermoor 4 31 1 251 4 0.245
robbo650 4 4 62 17 N/E 0.132
train80 16 -1 29 11 164 26 0.172
Mantecan As Fan DNP -- 1 95 1 N/E 0.024
swatnick DNP -- 21 8 180 2 0.259
SoCal As Fan DNP -- 14 29 93 17 0.200
NateHST DNP -- 15 23 112 7 0.225
DCinWC DNP -- 16 31 84 29 0.158
GoAs DNP -- 27 9 177 19 0.194
ZeroIndulgence DNP -- 19 22 115 23 0.183
gigglingone DNP -- 16 20 117 8 0.225
Kimberly DNP -- 20 19 125 21 0.190
vegAN ryAN DNP -- 4 51 27 N/E 0.185
diehardoaklandfan22 DNP -- 16 26 106 14 0.202
Walton711 DNP -- 1 78 9 N/E 0.214
travdog6 DNP -- 2 95 1 N/E 0.013
Boonee DNP -- 3 56 19 N/E 0.174
RayJEdd DNP -- 12 27 104 3 0.252
A'sBowlingLeague DNP -- 2 56 19 N/E 0.244
elephantbaseball DNP -- 19 18 126 16 0.200
brian.only DNP -- 4 69 14 N/E 0.096
robertmelvin DNP -- 6 42 41 N/E 0.188
OaktownPower DNP -- 16 24 110 15 0.201
Flashfire DNP -- 1 87 6 N/E 0.143
designatedforassignment DNP -- 3 67 16 N/E 0.145
tresselfan DNP -- 4 84 7 N/E 0.046
KMoAsFan DNP -- 4 55 20 N/E 0.137
streetfan DNP -- 31 15 150 33 0.146
Gallagher's Watermelons DNP -- 1 74 10 N/E 0.238
GreenOctober69 DNP -- 1 81 8 N/E 0.190
SLOtown DNP -- 10 36 60 N/E 0.174
Angry Sean DNP -- 30 16 148 32 0.148
baseballnut020 DNP -- 9 40 51 N/E 0.173
MaineAthletic DNP -- 12 32 73 22 0.187
j_rich36 DNP -- 1 84 7 N/E 0.167
scutaroknowstheway DNP -- 1 91 3 N/E 0.071
FormerHuntsvilleStar DNP -- 9 33 71 N/E 0.247
jay_sensei DNP -- 6 41 44 N/E 0.227
easyraider DNP -- 13 28 94 10 0.209
Athletix Man DNP -- 9 37 59 N/E 0.199
Athletics fan and runner DNP -- 6 51 27 N/E 0.133
Holy Toledo! DNP -- 1 91 3 N/E 0.083
Nico DNP -- 1 74 10 N/E 0.278
EddieVegas_NRAF DNP -- 1 99 -1 N/E -0.028
JLaff DNP -- 1 90 4 N/E 0.111
WaddellCanseco DNP -- 5 50 28 N/E 0.164
crb29 DNP -- 11 34 70 18 0.196
eastcoasta'sfan DNP -- 4 54 23 N/E 0.161
Oaktownflav DNP -- 3 62 17 N/E 0.156
Future Ed DNP -- 6 42 41 N/E 0.197
JediLeroy DNP -- 1 81 8 N/E 0.222
Dalesman DNP -- 2 87 6 N/E 0.083
nateh37 DNP -- 7 44 39 N/E 0.174
anomaly_kat DNP -- 3 59 18 N/E 0.173
sprtsnwyn DNP -- 2 62 17 N/E 0.250
VORP is too nerdy DNP -- 4 46 32 N/E 0.234
asyouwish33 DNP -- 1 81 8 N/E 0.250
jeffro DNP -- 4 59 18 N/E 0.150
Cutthemullet DNP -- 3 53 24 N/E 0.238
stabbin_mcadams DNP -- 1 74 10 N/E 0.312
jasonthea DNP -- 4 48 30 N/E 0.219
fruitattack DNP -- 11 47 31 35 0.086
Helloooo 1st DNP -- 6 45 34 N/E 0.165
King Richard DNP -- 2 71 13 N/E 0.203
jpl DNP -- 8 39 55 N/E 0.222
baseballgirl DNP -- 1 74 10 N/E 0.286
whiteshoes40 DNP -- 18 35 68 34 0.116
walkoff baltimore chop DNP -- 1 84 7 N/E 0.200
spiffyjwc DNP -- 2 71 13 N/E 0.194
samljm DNP -- 1 78 9 N/E 0.265
pam5981 DNP -- 7 37 59 N/E 0.276
Gaijin_Suketto DNP -- 1 69 14 N/E 0.424
tosk DNP -- 5 49 29 N/E 0.179
mikev DNP -- 1 62 17 N/E 0.515
stranahanahan DNP -- 3 68 15 N/E 0.152
Leopold Bloom DNP -- 1 95 1 N/E 0.029
ElQuesoCapitan DNP -- 3 59 18 N/E 0.194
Trainman DNP -- 2 91 3 N/E 0.049
OptimistPrime DNP -- 1 89 5 N/E 0.179
dtownmbrown DNP -- 3 62 17 N/E 0.167
Blicks DNP -- 15 30 86 27 0.171
chillicothe20 DNP -- 1 78 9 N/E 0.265
ChadGod DNP -- 1 71 13 N/E 0.382
SamYam DNP -- 3 56 19 N/E 0.186
JLopez DNP -- 2 91 3 N/E 0.046
Steve in Napa DNP -- 1 95 1 N/E 0.032
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