GOG 2009 #40

This weekend, the A's finish off their season series against Detroit. Their record so far against Detroit is a 2-4, so it would take a series sweep to get into the positive column. The Tigers will be trying very hard to avoid that outcome, as they are perched only 2.5 games above the White Sox. And... that's all the analysis I have right now.


GOG #40 :: Tigers and Elephants, A Trip To The Zoo (32 points possible)

Three game series vs Detroit Tigers -- August 21-23

UPDATE -- answers added below in bold

  1. Series outcome [3 points] 2-1 Oakland
  2. In five games against Oakland this season, Ryan Raburn has seven hits, five of which went for extra bases (three doubles and two home runs). How many total bases (total bases counts only hits, not walks, stolen bases, etc) for Raburn in this series? [3 points] 9 total bases for Raburn (2 HR and a single), even though he only started one game and came into the other two as a late inning PH
  3. Rajai Davis is definitely a valuable player if he can keep up his current .363 OBP. One big difference from last year is that he has nearly tripled his BB rate. The good news is that last year's 3.6 BB% might be the real aberration -- in 2007 he posted a BB rate of 10% and pretty much the same OBP that he is sporting right now. How many times will Davis get on base in the series? [3 points] Rajai reached base 4 times
  4. Edwin Jackson is having a big year. A lot of the improvement seems to be real, as he has improved both his strikeout and walk rates. Of course, like many pitchers having career years, his BABIP is a very low .267. Predict Jackson's ER/BB/K against Oakland [2 points each] 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
  5. I think it's safe to say that Tomko's start against the Yankees caught us all by surprise. How many earned runs does he allow against Detroit? [3 points] 1 ER for Tomko
  6. Curtis Granderson is having a down year, but a lot of it seems to be bad luck. His OPS is down by 60 points, but that is pretty much entirely due to a 26 point dip in his batting average. He still hitting line drives at an excellent 21% rate, but his BABIP is much lower than would be expected (rule of thumb is that Batting Average on Balls In Play should be roughly your line drive rate plus 12%). How many walks, hits, and line drives for Granderson against Oakland? [2 points each] 0 BB, 3 H, 2 line drives
  7. How many total home runs in the series, from both teams combined? [3 points] 8 home runs!!
  8. By relief pitcher Runs Above Replacement, Oakland has the most productive bullpen in baseball this year (note: this doesn't necessarily mean the best... A's relievers have pitched more innings than the relievers for all but 3 other teams). How many earned runs for the A's bullpen in this series? [3 points] Oakland bullpen allows 3 earned runs
  9. Will we see new addition Scott Patterson in a major league game this series? [+1 if right, -1 if wrong] nope
  10. Which team commits more errors? [+1 if right, -1 if wrong] Detroit

This GOG is up a little late, so post your guesses already. Go Gio!


That was a lot of home runs!

Overall scoring statistics

  • mean = 5.28571 points
  • standard deviation = 3.14835 points
  • mode = 2, 4, or 10 points


Your Scores

Victory is split three ways, between Angry Sean, Rated-R Superstar, and stranahanahan. RRS is continuing to tear up the GOG standings, despite getting a somewhat late start. Will he be able to close the large gap that nevermoor and zaniac75 have put between themselves and everyone else?

Also, welcome zaniac75 into the 300 points club!

nameplace (this GOG)score (this GOG)# of GOGsplace (all GOG)score (all GOG)place (by AVG)score by AVG
Angry Sean110351218229 0.157
Rated-R Superstar103442419 0.220
stranahanahan1054830N/E 0.191
doctorK4940921127 0.161
nevermoor563813142 0.253
adragon65271814425 0.165
oblique74321318123 0.172
micdog2001433722612 0.207
train804351020621 0.179
GoAs10331821313 0.205
colin339623120 0.181
zaniac751223823014 0.242
streetfan2371517330 0.142
muffinpryde2331417826 0.163
Mantecan As FanDNP--1951N/E 0.024
swatnickDNP--22111881 0.259
SoCal As FanDNP--14309317 0.200
NateHSTDNP--15251127 0.225
DCinWCDNP--16318428 0.158
mikeADNP--3152326 0.227
ZeroIndulgenceDNP--202411622 0.176
gigglingoneDNP--16231178 0.225
KimberlyDNP--202112519 0.190
vegAN ryANDNP--45227N/E 0.185
diehardoaklandfan22DNP--162710614 0.202
Walton711DNP--1789N/E 0.214
JLeverenzDNP--251617110 0.210
travdog6DNP--2951N/E 0.013
BooneeDNP--35719N/E 0.174
RayJEddDNP--1228104N/E 0.252
A'sBowlingLeagueDNP--25719N/E 0.244
elephantbaseballDNP--191912616 0.200
brian.onlyDNP--46914N/E 0.096
robertmelvinDNP--64241N/E 0.188
OaktownPowerDNP--162611015 0.201
roscoeDNP--291716124 0.168
FlashfireDNP--1876N/E 0.143
designatedforassignmentDNP--36816N/E 0.145
tresselfanDNP--4847N/E 0.046
KMoAsFanDNP--45620N/E 0.137
Gallagher's WatermelonsDNP--17410N/E 0.238
GreenOctober69DNP--1818N/E 0.190
SLOtownDNP--103660N/E 0.174
baseballnut020DNP--94051N/E 0.173
MaineAthleticDNP--123373N/E 0.187
j_rich36DNP--1847N/E 0.167
scutaroknowsthewayDNP--1923N/E 0.071
FormerHuntsvilleStarDNP--103282N/E 0.257
jay_senseiDNP--64144N/E 0.227
easyraiderDNP--13299411 0.209
Athletix ManDNP--93759N/E 0.199
A'sfaninNCDNP--3232455 0.235
Athletics fan and runnerDNP--65227N/E 0.133
Holy Toledo!DNP--1923N/E 0.083
NicoDNP--17410N/E 0.278
JLaffDNP--1914N/E 0.111
WaddellCansecoDNP--55128N/E 0.164
crb29DNP--113470N/E 0.196
eastcoasta'sfanDNP--45523N/E 0.161
OaktownflavDNP--36317N/E 0.156
Future EdDNP--64241N/E 0.197
JediLeroyDNP--1818N/E 0.222
DalesmanDNP--2876N/E 0.083
nateh37DNP--74439N/E 0.174
anomaly_katDNP--36018N/E 0.173
sprtsnwynDNP--26317N/E 0.250
VORP is too nerdyDNP--44632N/E 0.234
asyouwish33DNP--1818N/E 0.250
jeffroDNP--46018N/E 0.150
CutthemulletDNP--35424N/E 0.238
stabbin_mcadamsDNP--17410N/E 0.312
jasontheaDNP--44830N/E 0.219
fruitattackDNP--114731N/E 0.086
Helloooo 1stDNP--64534N/E 0.165
King RichardDNP--27113N/E 0.203
jplDNP--83955N/E 0.222
baseballgirlDNP--17410N/E 0.286
whiteshoes40DNP--18356831 0.116
walkoff baltimore chopDNP--1847N/E 0.200
spiffyjwcDNP--27113N/E 0.194
samljmDNP--1789N/E 0.265
pam5981DNP--73759N/E 0.276
Gaijin_SukettoDNP--16914N/E 0.424
harenshairDNP--15191263 0.249
toskDNP--55029N/E 0.179
mikevDNP--16317N/E 0.515
Leopold BloomDNP--1951N/E 0.029
ElQuesoCapitanDNP--36018N/E 0.194
TrainmanDNP--2923N/E 0.049
OptimistPrimeDNP--1895N/E 0.179
dtownmbrownDNP--36317N/E 0.167
BlicksDNP--202112518 0.190
chillicothe20DNP--1789N/E 0.265
ChadGodDNP--17113N/E 0.382
SamYamDNP--35719N/E 0.186
JLopezDNP--3895N/E 0.051
robbo650DNP--46317N/E 0.132
Steve in NapaDNP--1951N/E 0.032
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