GOG 2009 #41

The Athletics are heading up to Seattle to take on their closest competition in the AL West, the third place Mariners. The Mariners don't look so hot right now, 12 games back from the first place Angels and below .500 for the last month or more. But, before you start to feel any sympathy for the fishermen, think back to the start of the season, when we were young and naive, and thought that Holliday, Giambi, and Cust would make a fearsome heart of the batting order. Back then, in early April, the Mariners came into Oakland and swept the place clean, putting a sour taste in my mouth that has persisted all season.

Now the A's and Mariners are both out of the playoff hunt. And while we should be focusing on future seasons, wouldn't it be nice to get a little bit of revenge right now? The A's are currently down 3-6 in the season series vs Seattle. With 9 games left on the schedule between the two teams, Oakland still has an excellent opportunity to overtake the Mariners and put them back in last place like they deserve -- starting tonight!


GOG #41 :: Marinating In Seattle (32 points possible)

Three game series @ Seattle Mariners -- August 24-26

UPDATE -- answers added below in bold

  1. Series outcome [3 points] 3-0 Seattle
  2. Ian Snell, acquired by the Mariners from the Pirates, has never exactly been a control pitcher, but I hope for his sake that this year's BB rate of 5.33 per 9 innings is a fluke. Predict IP/BB/ER for the right-hander [2 points each] 6 IP, 2 BB, 1 ER
  3. Relatively recent Athletics :: Out of Jack Hannahan and Mike Sweeney, who gets the most hits? The most runs scored? The most runs batted in? [+1 for each right answer, -1 for each wrong] Sweeney with 3 hits, Hannahan with 3 runs scored, Sweeney with 1 RBI
  4. Back up in the Majors, predict Barton's AB/H/BB [2 points each] 2 AB, 1 H, 1 BB
  5. Free swinging as always, the Mariners are dead last in the AL for drawing walks. How many free passes do they receive from Oakland pitching? [3 points] Mariners manage to draw 10 walks
  6. Josh Wilson to take over shortstop duties -- this successfully confused the hell out of me when I was looking over their roster. How many hits in the series for J. Wilson? [3 points] 1 hit for Josh Wilson
  7. How many put outs for Franklin Gutierrez? [3 points] 13 put outs
  8. Who strikes out a higher percentage of batters faced, Bailey or Aardsma? [+1 if right, -1 if wrong] Bailey faced three batters and didn't strike out any of them. Aardsma struck out 4 of the 12 batters he faced.
  9. Who hits the longest home run in the series, according to HitTracker? [3 points] HitTracker doesn't have data for the first two games in the series, so this is for game three only. Jose Lopez hit the longest home run (408 feet). Runners up were Kurt Suzuki (383 feet) aand Jack Cust (361 feet).
  10. Does any game in this series go to extra innings? [+1 if right, -1 if wrong] yes, game 2

Game one starts at 7:10, so you have 10 minutes more than usual to get your GOG entries posted. Use that time wisely...


Very low scoring round for the GOG. Very bad series for the A's. I am starting to understand how Seattle fans must have felt that one year when Oakland was 18-1 against the Mariners (was it 2006?).

Overall scoring statistics

  • mean = 2.60000 points
  • standard deviation = 1.95667 points
  • mode = 1 point


Your Scores

Congratulations to our winners, micdog2001 and FormerHuntsvilleStar!

nameplace (this GOG)score (this GOG)# of GOGsplace (all GOG)score (all GOG)place (by AVG)score by AVG
micdog20011634623211 0.206
FormerHuntsvilleStar6113188N/E 0.251
doctorK3541821626 0.161
easyraider514299912 0.206
streetfan53381517630 0.140
Rated-R Superstar33542449 0.217
oblique72331218323 0.169
colin240523321 0.178
zaniac75913923024 0.236
Angry Sean1361218329 0.154
nevermoor13913153 0.247
A'sfaninNC13332465 0.229
muffinpryde1341417927 0.159
stranahanahan164731N/E 0.164
Blicks1211912619 0.183
Mantecan As FanDNP--1951N/E 0.024
swatnickDNP--22111881 0.259
SoCal As FanDNP--14309317 0.200
NateHSTDNP--15251127 0.225
DCinWCDNP--16328428 0.158
GoAsDNP--31921313 0.205
mikeADNP--3162326 0.227
ZeroIndulgenceDNP--202411622 0.176
gigglingoneDNP--16231178 0.225
KimberlyDNP--202212518 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
train80DNP--351020620 0.179
jay_senseiDNP--64144N/E 0.227
Athletix ManDNP--93759N/E 0.199
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--44930N/E 0.219
fruitattackDNP--114731N/E 0.086
adragonDNP--271814425 0.165
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--15191262 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
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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