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GOG 2009 #42

I really don't like the AL West this season. That last series was just the latest in a string of bad Oakland performances against their division rivals. As of right now, the A's are a .364 team when playing against Seattle, Texas, or LAAA. So it is with a heavy sense of dread that I consider the upcoming four game set in Anaheim.

Let's just get on with the GOG.

Links

  • Probable pitchers
  • Angels stats
  • And, I haven't graded GOG #41 yet. But I do know that my prediction that Oakland would sweep Seattle is worth zero points.

GOG #42 :: Down with the AL West (35 points possible)

Four game series @ Los Angeles Angels -- August 27-30

UPDATE -- answers added below in bold

  1. Series outcome [3 points] 2-2 split
  2. Kendry Morales is having a big year in his first full major league season. Seriously, where did those 27 home runs come from all of a sudden? Predict Morales' AB/H/XBH against Oakland [2 points each] 16 AB, 9 H(!), 5 XBH(!)
  3. Brett Anderson has been getting robbed! In his 8 no-decisions this season, he has a WHIP of just 1.17 and has struck out 40 batters against just 12 walks, adding up to an ERA of 3.64. How many runs to the A's score in Brett's Sunday start (against Lackey!) [3 points] Athletics score one whole run in Anderson's start
  4. Jose Arredondo is having a disappointing season, as his ERA has ballooned from 1.62 in 2008 to 5.86 this year. One possible cause is a decrease in his average fastball velocity from 93.7 mph to 92.2. What's sort of weird is that his K/9 is actually up by a lot, into Andrew Bailey territory. How many Athletics does Arredondo strike out? Do the A's score any runs off of him? [3 points for the first part, +-1 for the second part] Arredondo strikes out 1, allows 3 ER in the series
  5. In 15 career appearances vs Oakland (14 of them as a starter), Ervin Santana has an ERA of 1.35 and a WHIP of 0.977. I'm actually sort of surprised that his K/9 against the A's is only 6.4, which is lower than his overall career number by a full point. Predict Santana's ER/K/BB this time around [2 points each] 2 ER, 6 K, 2 BB
  6. Cliff Pennington is providing more value than Bobby Crosby just by keeping his mouth shut. His OBP is sitting at .299 right now. Will Cliff get on-base in at least 30% of his plate appearances this series? Will he pick up his sixth extra-base hit of the year? [+1 for each right answer, -1 for each wrong] Pennington has a .200 OBP for the series, but he does get an extra-base hit
  7. The good catcher and the bad catcher :: How many starts behind the plate for Napoli (.883 OPS) vs Mathis (.624 OPS)? [3 points] 1 start for Napoli, 3 starts for Mathis
  8. Recently Ziegler made it on a Sport Illustrated list of the top 10 set-up men in baseball. His ERA might not be quite as sparkly as it was last year, but he's getting more strikeouts, fewer walks, and still sports a groundball rate over 60%. Predict Ziggy's walks, strikeouts, and groundball outs for the series [2 points each] 0 BB, 1 K, 4 groundball outs
  9. It's been a long time since the A's and Angels were remotely close in stolen base standings. Which team gets more swipes in the series? [+1 if right, -1 if wrong] 4 SB for Oakland, 0 SB for the Angels
  10. Does any Athletic have a three (or more) hit game in the series? [+1 if right, -1 if wrong] yep, Sweeney in game 1 and Rajai in game 3

First pitch is at 7:25 sharp. Don't miss it!

Results

A pretty solid series for the A's and an excellent bunch of scores for the GOG. One of these days, I'm going to look for the correlation between GOG scores and how well Oakland does in a given series. I suspect it's going to be a fairly tight relationship.

Overall scoring statistics

  • mean = 7.42857 points
  • standard deviation = 2.95386 points
  • mode = 8 or 10 points
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via cfcp.uchicago.edu

Your Scores

I'm the winner! I rule!

name place (this GOG) score (this GOG) # of GOGs place (all GOG) score (all GOG) place (by AVG) score by AVG
colin 1 12 41 5 245 20 0.182
zaniac75 2 10 40 2 312 4 0.238
nevermoor 10 40 1 325 3 0.248
A'sfaninNC 10 34 3 256 5 0.231
Rated-R Superstar 5 9 36 4 253 9 0.218
oblique 6 8 34 11 191 23 0.171
adragon 8 28 18 152 25 0.167
dtownmbrown 8 4 54 25 N/E 0.182
doctorK 9 7 42 8 223 26 0.162
Angry Sean 7 37 12 190 29 0.155
Kimberly 11 6 21 19 131 18 0.189
muffinpryde 12 5 35 14 184 27 0.158
stranahanahan 13 3 7 45 34 N/E 0.152
GoAs 14 1 32 9 214 17 0.199
Mantecan As Fan DNP -- 1 95 1 N/E 0.024
swatnick DNP -- 22 13 188 1 0.259
SoCal As Fan DNP -- 14 30 93 16 0.200
NateHST DNP -- 15 25 112 7 0.225
DCinWC DNP -- 16 32 84 28 0.158
mikeA DNP -- 31 6 232 6 0.227
ZeroIndulgence DNP -- 20 24 116 22 0.176
gigglingone DNP -- 16 23 117 8 0.225
vegAN ryAN DNP -- 4 52 27 N/E 0.185
diehardoaklandfan22 DNP -- 16 27 106 13 0.202
micdog2001 DNP -- 34 6 232 11 0.206
Walton711 DNP -- 1 78 9 N/E 0.214
JLeverenz DNP -- 25 16 171 10 0.210
travdog6 DNP -- 2 95 1 N/E 0.013
Boonee DNP -- 3 58 19 N/E 0.174
RayJEdd DNP -- 12 28 104 N/E 0.252
A'sBowlingLeague DNP -- 2 58 19 N/E 0.244
elephantbaseball DNP -- 19 20 126 15 0.200
brian.only DNP -- 4 69 14 N/E 0.096
robertmelvin DNP -- 6 42 41 N/E 0.188
OaktownPower DNP -- 16 26 110 14 0.201
roscoe DNP -- 29 17 161 24 0.168
Flashfire DNP -- 1 87 6 N/E 0.143
designatedforassignment DNP -- 3 68 16 N/E 0.145
tresselfan DNP -- 4 84 7 N/E 0.046
KMoAsFan DNP -- 4 57 20 N/E 0.137
streetfan DNP -- 38 15 176 30 0.140
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
baseballnut020 DNP -- 9 40 51 N/E 0.173
MaineAthletic DNP -- 12 33 73 N/E 0.187
j_rich36 DNP -- 1 84 7 N/E 0.167
scutaroknowstheway DNP -- 1 92 3 N/E 0.071
train80 DNP -- 35 10 206 21 0.179
FormerHuntsvilleStar DNP -- 11 31 88 N/E 0.251
jay_sensei DNP -- 6 41 44 N/E 0.227
easyraider DNP -- 14 29 99 12 0.206
Athletix Man DNP -- 9 37 59 N/E 0.199
Athletics fan and runner DNP -- 6 52 27 N/E 0.133
Holy Toledo! DNP -- 1 92 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 91 4 N/E 0.111
WaddellCanseco DNP -- 5 51 28 N/E 0.164
crb29 DNP -- 11 34 70 N/E 0.196
eastcoasta'sfan DNP -- 4 56 23 N/E 0.161
Oaktownflav DNP -- 3 64 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 61 18 N/E 0.173
sprtsnwyn DNP -- 2 64 17 N/E 0.250
VORP is too nerdy DNP -- 4 47 32 N/E 0.234
asyouwish33 DNP -- 1 81 8 N/E 0.250
jeffro DNP -- 4 61 18 N/E 0.150
Cutthemullet DNP -- 3 55 24 N/E 0.238
stabbin_mcadams DNP -- 1 74 10 N/E 0.312
jasonthea DNP -- 4 49 30 N/E 0.219
fruitattack DNP -- 11 48 31 N/E 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 31 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
harenshair DNP -- 15 20 126 2 0.249
tosk DNP -- 5 50 29 N/E 0.179
mikev DNP -- 1 64 17 N/E 0.515
Leopold Bloom DNP -- 1 95 1 N/E 0.029
ElQuesoCapitan DNP -- 3 61 18 N/E 0.194
Trainman DNP -- 2 92 3 N/E 0.049
OptimistPrime DNP -- 1 89 5 N/E 0.179
Blicks DNP -- 21 20 126 19 0.183
chillicothe20 DNP -- 1 78 9 N/E 0.265
ChadGod DNP -- 1 71 13 N/E 0.382
SamYam DNP -- 3 58 19 N/E 0.186
JLopez DNP -- 3 89 5 N/E 0.051
robbo650 DNP -- 4 64 17 N/E 0.132
Steve in Napa DNP -- 1 95 1 N/E 0.032
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