GOG 2009 #46

While this series might not look like much at first glance -- the Twins trail Detroit by 5.5 games with 22 left to play -- there is one very significant milestone here. After Sunday's series finale, the A's will never have to play another game in the Metrodome!

Ahh, the Metrodome, a true turd among the few crappy multi-use facilities that still host major league teams. I suppose that it has worked out all right for the Twins, as they consistently post winning records at home. After the Cardinals lost the 1987 World Series to the Twins, manager Whitey Herzog complained "I don't think there ever was more of a home-field advantage in the history of baseball."

The last time that Oakland won a series at the Metrodome was in August of 2005, and then they made up for it by losing 9 of 10 games at the Metrodome between the 2006 and 2007 series. For every game like this, it seems like there have been a whole lot more like this. So let's just say that I won't be shedding many tears when the place gets torn down.


GOG #46 :: Good Riddance to the Metrodome (32 points possible)

Three game series @ Minnesota Twins -- September 11-13

UPDATE -- answers added below in bold

  1. Series outcome [3 points] 2-1 Oakland
  2. Mauer for MVP! Predict his H/XBH/BB [2 points each] 5 H, 3 XBH, 1 BB
  3. Since that crazy game where he gave up 11 runs in 2.2 innings, Gio has been a much improved pitcher, with a 3.93 ERA and 55 strikeouts over 52.2 innings (nine starts). Of course, that crazy 11 run start was also against Minnesota. Predict Gio's IP/K/ER this time around [2 points each] not so great -- 3 IP, 5 K, 7 ER
  4. Old shortstop vs new shortstop :: Who reaches base more times in the series, Cabrera or Pennington? Who records more assists? [+1 for each right answer, -1 for each wrong] Pennington got on base more times (7 to 2), Cabrera had more assists (7 to 6)
  5. I don't really think that Jason Kubel reads fangraphs, but maybe he took it personally when Dave Cameron questioned the contract he signed with Minnesota and pointed out that Kubel has been an extremely replaceable 0.5 to 1 win player. Kubel's response has been to post career bests in pretty much any hitting stat you can imagine and putting himself into a tie with Adam Lind for the highest wOBA among designated hitters. Predict Kubel's total bases for the series (on hits only) [3 points] only 1 total base (in 2 games played)
  6. For people excited about Andrew Bailey's potential, one nice thing to see is how closely his profile matches that of Minnesota relief ace Joe Nathan. While Bailey's strikeout rate is quite as lofty as Nathan's (who leads the league in K/9), they have similarly great WHIPs (0.94 for Bailey, 0.92 for Nathan) and the strand rates to go along with that (84% vs 85%). The similarities continue when you look at the pitches they throw. Both Bailey and Nathan work off a hard fastball (both throw the fastball around 58% of the time and sit around 94 mph) and feature a hard breaking ball (cut fastball for Bailey, slider for Nathan) as their secondary pitch. Joe Nathan has been worth 2-3 wins above replacement every year since 2004; if the A's get anything like that from Andrew Bailey, then he will be an anchor in the bullpen for a long time. Finally, getting to the question, between the A's and Twins closers, who posts the best K/BB rate? The best WHIP? [+1 for each right answer, -1 for each wrong] Nathan's 1 K to 0 BB beats Bailey's 2 K to 1 BB. They each had WHIP of 1.
  7. While it seems like the A's strike out about a million times per game, they are actually among the league leaders for the fewest strikeouts by hitters (among AL teams only the Orioles and Angels have fewer strikeouts). And, as usual, the Twins pitching staff is composed of a lot of strikeout and walk averse hurlers (fewest walks of any AL pitching staff, fourth fewest Ks... and Joe Nathan as the big exception with his 11.82 K/9). How many times do Oakland hitters strike out in this series? [3 points] A's hitter exceeded everyone's expectations with a whopping 28 strikeouts
  8. Since being called up from Sacramento on September 1, Eveland has made only one appearance, pitching one inning against the Royals and allowing a run while striking out one and walking nobody. Will Dana get a chance to show his "stuff" against the Twins? [+1 if right, -1 if wrong] yep, 1 IP in game 1 and 2 IP in game 3 -- no earned runs!
  9. Which hitter, for Oakland or Minnesota, racks up the most extra-base hits? [3 points] Mauer, with 3 XBH
  10. Which starting pitcher, for Oakland or Minnesota, throws the most innings? [3 points] Brett Anderson and Brian Deunsing tie with 7 IP each

This is a central timezone series, so you need to get your entries posted by 5:10 pacific. Waste no time!


Pretty good scores this time around. I guess I should have remembered to post an entry...

Overall scoring statistics

  • mean = 5.76923 points
  • standard deviation = 3.00427 points
  • mode = 8 points


Your Scores

The victory for GOG #46 goes to muffinpryde, who has been on a bit of a roll lately. Also, easyraider (who had the highest point total for the first season of GOG, back in 2005) has crossed the 100 point mark with just 15 GOG under his belt.

nameplace (this GOG)score (this GOG)# of GOGsplace (all GOG)score (all GOG)place (by AVG)score by AVG
muffinpryde110391021823 0.171
JLeverenz28291519910 0.214
Angry Sean8411221227 0.158
adragon8301716226 0.167
stranahanahan8113956N/E 0.165
GoAs6734922215 0.197
doctorK746725025 0.167
zaniac75854423295 0.230
micdog2001538626311 0.212
oblique104381121722 0.176
Rated-R Superstar44032759 0.215
easyraider122152910116 0.197
streetfan13-1411618929 0.140
Mantecan As FanDNP--1951N/E 0.024
swatnickDNP--25132111 0.261
SoCal As FanDNP--143093N/E 0.200
NateHSTDNP--15251127 0.225
DCinWCDNP--16328428 0.158
mikeADNP--3182326 0.227
ZeroIndulgenceDNP--202411621 0.176
gigglingoneDNP--16231178 0.225
KimberlyDNP--211913117 0.189
vegAN ryANDNP--45227N/E 0.185
diehardoaklandfan22DNP--162710612 0.202
Walton711DNP--1789N/E 0.214
travdog6DNP--2951N/E 0.013
BooneeDNP--35819N/E 0.174
RayJEddDNP--1228104N/E 0.252
A'sBowlingLeagueDNP--25819N/E 0.244
elephantbaseballDNP--192012614 0.200
brian.onlyDNP--46914N/E 0.096
robertmelvinDNP--64341N/E 0.188
OaktownPowerDNP--162611013 0.201
roscoeDNP--291816124 0.168
FlashfireDNP--1886N/E 0.143
designatedforassignmentDNP--36816N/E 0.145
tresselfanDNP--4857N/E 0.046
KMoAsFanDNP--45720N/E 0.137
colinDNP--44526418 0.185
Gallagher's WatermelonsDNP--17410N/E 0.238
GreenOctober69DNP--1828N/E 0.190
SLOtownDNP--103660N/E 0.174
baseballnut020DNP--94151N/E 0.173
MaineAthleticDNP--123373N/E 0.187
j_rich36DNP--1857N/E 0.167
scutaroknowsthewayDNP--1923N/E 0.071
train80DNP--351420620 0.179
nevermoorDNP--4213393 0.247
FormerHuntsvilleStarDNP--113188N/E 0.251
jay_senseiDNP--64244N/E 0.227
Athletix ManDNP--93759N/E 0.199
A'sfaninNCDNP--3732754 0.231
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--45623N/E 0.161
OaktownflavDNP--36417N/E 0.156
Future EdDNP--64341N/E 0.197
JediLeroyDNP--1828N/E 0.222
DalesmanDNP--2886N/E 0.083
nateh37DNP--74539N/E 0.174
anomaly_katDNP--36118N/E 0.173
sprtsnwynDNP--26417N/E 0.250
VORP is too nerdyDNP--44732N/E 0.234
asyouwish33DNP--1828N/E 0.250
jeffroDNP--46118N/E 0.150
CutthemulletDNP--35524N/E 0.238
stabbin_mcadamsDNP--17410N/E 0.312
jasontheaDNP--44930N/E 0.219
fruitattackDNP--114831N/E 0.086
Helloooo 1stDNP--64634N/E 0.165
King RichardDNP--27113N/E 0.203
jplDNP--84055N/E 0.222
baseballgirlDNP--17410N/E 0.286
whiteshoes40DNP--18356830 0.116
walkoff baltimore chopDNP--1857N/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--15201262 0.249
toskDNP--55029N/E 0.179
mikevDNP--16417N/E 0.515
Leopold BloomDNP--1951N/E 0.029
ElQuesoCapitanDNP--36118N/E 0.194
TrainmanDNP--2923N/E 0.049
OptimistPrimeDNP--1905N/E 0.179
dtownmbrownDNP--45425N/E 0.182
BlicksDNP--212012619 0.183
chillicothe20DNP--1789N/E 0.265
ChadGodDNP--17113N/E 0.382
SamYamDNP--35819N/E 0.186
JLopezDNP--4789N/E 0.069
robbo650DNP--46417N/E 0.132
Steve in NapaDNP--1951N/E 0.032
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