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?
- Probable pitchers
- Boston stats
- I'm reverting to my old ways and haven't graded GOG #32 yet. But there is a good chance that the results will be posted tonight, so check back.
GOG #33 :: AL East Spoilers (33 points possible)
Four game series @ Boston Red Sox -- July 27-30
UPDATE -- answers added below in bold
- Series outcome [3 points] 2-2 split
- 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
- 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
- In honor of Rickey, how many bases do the A's steal in the series? [3 points] Oakland steals 7(!) bases
- 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)
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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!
- Will Cabrera still be an Athletic by the end of the series? [+1 if right, -1 if wrong] yes, but for how much longer?
- 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.
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
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|
|Mantecan As Fan||DNP||--||1||95||1||N/E||0.024|
|SoCal As Fan||DNP||--||14||29||93||17||0.200|
|Athletics fan and runner||DNP||--||6||51||27||N/E||0.133|
|VORP is too nerdy||DNP||--||4||46||32||N/E||0.234|
|walkoff baltimore chop||DNP||--||1||84||7||N/E||0.200|
|Steve in Napa||DNP||--||1||95||1||N/E||0.032|