GOG 2009 #35

I don't have much time to chat now, but I have to say that this long stretch of consecutive games is getting to me. There's no rest for the GOG writer!

And now it's time for a four game set against Texas. You have to be cheering for the A's against some AL West competition, but wouldn't it also be nice if the Angels didn't win the division?


GOG #35 :: Just Keep Playing (34 points possible)

Four game series vs Texas Rangers -- August 3-6

UPDATE -- answers added below in bold

  1. Series outcome [3 points] 3-1 Oakland
  2. Braden has slipped since the All Star break, but against the Rangers this season he has compiled a 1.64 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 11 innings (on the other hand, his WHIP for those 11 innings is 1.455, so maybe he got a bit lucky). Predict IP/ER/K for Dallas [2 points each] Braden missed his start
  3. It probably won't shock anyone to hear that the Rangers have a whopping .112 point difference between their OPS home and away. They also average more than one extra run per game in Arlington. How many runs do the Rangers score over a four game set in Oakland? [3 points] Rangers score only 13 runs
  4. In July, the Athletics lived up to their name, stealing 31 bases in 26 games. The last time they stole more than 30 bases in a month was May 1992, boosted by Rickey's 17 swipes. How many stolen bases for Oakland in the series? [3 points] 6 stolen bases
  5. Twenty-two year old lefty Derek Holland was brought up in late April and has both started games and done some work out of the bullpen. He lived up to the hype in his last start, allowing 2 hits and 1 run over 8.2 innings (just one out from the complete game!), with 10 strikeouts to 1 walk. Predict his hits, walks, and earned runs allowed [2 points each] 4 H, 4 BB, 3 ER
  6. After Sweeney's infamous pinch hit appearance against Toronto, how many called strike three's get hung on Oakland hitters? [3 points] 10 Ks looking
  7. While Geren's usage of Andrew Bailey has slowed a little bit since it peaked in May, he is still on pace for 95 innings this year. Last year he threw 110.1 innings, but that included 15 starts. How many innings does Bailey throw in this series? [3 points] 1 IP for Andrew Bailey
  8. Which rookie shortstop gets more hits, Andrus or Pennington? [+1 if right, -1 if wrong] Pennington wins 4-1 (but Andrus played only 3 games)
  9. How many games does Everidge get to start, with the return of .193 hitter Jason Giambi? [3 points] Everidge starts all four games
  10. The Rangers bullpen is the third best in the AL by ERA (after Boston and Tampa Bay). How many runs can the A's score against Texas relievers? [3 points] A's score 7 off of the Rangers pen

Sorry about getting this one posted so late. You only have 4+ hours to post your guesses before the first pitch, so get going.


Well, the last GOG was one of the highest scoring and now this is one of the lowest. It's not surprising that no one got the Braden question right, but there were also some pretty tough questions in there (Rangers runs scored, A's strikeouts looking). I'm just glad that the minimum score was only -1.

Overall scoring statistics

  • mean = 2.06667 points
  • standard deviation = 2.40436 points
  • mode = 1 point


Your Scores

Congratulations to streetfan and me for win! We were the least wrong!

nameplace (this GOG)score (this GOG)# of GOGsplace (all GOG)score (all GOG)place (by AVG)score by AVG
colin1634421720 0.193
streetfan6331515932 0.145
JLeverenz35231615712 0.208
doctorK44351117931 0.154
train80431918024 0.176
Rated-R Superstar6229620410 0.216
JLopez23895N/E 0.051
zaniac75813322595 0.237
micdog2001129719613 0.202
Angry Sean1311714933 0.144
harenshair114211193 0.250
Blicks1172810025 0.175
oblique13-1281316226 0.174
nevermoor-13312694 0.246
muffinpryde-1311216828 0.163
Mantecan As FanDNP--1951N/E 0.024
swatnickDNP--2191801 0.259
SoCal As FanDNP--14309318 0.200
NateHSTDNP--15241128 0.225
DCinWCDNP--16318430 0.158
GoAsDNP--28819115 0.202
mikeADNP--3132327 0.227
ZeroIndulgenceDNP--192311523 0.183
gigglingoneDNP--16221179 0.225
KimberlyDNP--201912521 0.190
vegAN ryANDNP--45127N/E 0.185
diehardoaklandfan22DNP--162610614 0.202
Walton711DNP--1789N/E 0.214
travdog6DNP--2951N/E 0.013
BooneeDNP--35619N/E 0.174
RayJEddDNP--12271042 0.252
A'sBowlingLeagueDNP--25619N/E 0.244
elephantbaseballDNP--191812617 0.200
brian.onlyDNP--46914N/E 0.096
robertmelvinDNP--64241N/E 0.188
OaktownPowerDNP--162511016 0.201
roscoeDNP--291416127 0.168
FlashfireDNP--1876N/E 0.143
designatedforassignmentDNP--36716N/E 0.145
tresselfanDNP--4847N/E 0.046
KMoAsFanDNP--45520N/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--12327322 0.187
j_rich36DNP--1847N/E 0.167
scutaroknowsthewayDNP--1923N/E 0.071
FormerHuntsvilleStarDNP--93371N/E 0.247
jay_senseiDNP--64144N/E 0.227
easyraiderDNP--13299411 0.209
Athletix ManDNP--93759N/E 0.199
A'sfaninNCDNP--2852136 0.231
Athletics fan and runnerDNP--65127N/E 0.133
Holy Toledo!DNP--1923N/E 0.083
NicoDNP--17410N/E 0.278
JLaffDNP--1914N/E 0.111
WaddellCansecoDNP--55028N/E 0.164
crb29DNP--11347019 0.196
eastcoasta'sfanDNP--45423N/E 0.161
OaktownflavDNP--36217N/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--35918N/E 0.173
sprtsnwynDNP--26217N/E 0.250
VORP is too nerdyDNP--44632N/E 0.234
asyouwish33DNP--1818N/E 0.250
jeffroDNP--45918N/E 0.150
CutthemulletDNP--35324N/E 0.238
stabbin_mcadamsDNP--17410N/E 0.312
jasontheaDNP--44830N/E 0.219
fruitattackDNP--11473135 0.086
adragonDNP--241912529 0.159
Helloooo 1stDNP--64534N/E 0.165
King RichardDNP--27113N/E 0.203
jplDNP--83955N/E 0.222
baseballgirlDNP--17410N/E 0.286
whiteshoes40DNP--18356834 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
toskDNP--54929N/E 0.179
mikevDNP--16217N/E 0.515
stranahanahanDNP--36815N/E 0.152
Leopold BloomDNP--1951N/E 0.029
ElQuesoCapitanDNP--35918N/E 0.194
TrainmanDNP--2923N/E 0.049
OptimistPrimeDNP--1895N/E 0.179
dtownmbrownDNP--36217N/E 0.167
chillicothe20DNP--1789N/E 0.265
ChadGodDNP--17113N/E 0.382
SamYamDNP--35619N/E 0.186
robbo650DNP--46217N/E 0.132
Steve in NapaDNP--1951N/E 0.032
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