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GOG 2009 #48

I must have seen the future because the title of the last GOG was "Ruin The Rangers", and the Athletics definitely just did that to any hopes that Texas has of making the playoffs. Of course, in my actual GOG entry I had Texas winning the series 2-1, so maybe claims of psychic ability should be taken with a grain of salt.

Starting today, the A's, with the worst home game attendance in the AL, will host the sorry Cleveland Indians (second worst home attendance in AL, 17 games behind the Tigers in the AL Central), in what is sure to be a crowd-pleasing four game series. September baseball can sometimes be full of tension and gut-wrenching ups and downs, but this series probably won't be that. So really it all comes down to the GOG race then!

Links

GOG #48 :: Exciting Pennant Races! (34 points possible)

Four game series vs Cleveland Indians -- September 17-20

UPDATE -- answers added below in bold

  1. Series outcome [3 points] 4-0 Oakland!!
  2. For people who are scratching their heads over how Fausto Carmona went from being awesome in 2007 to being horrible for the last two seasons, I give you the following three numbers -- 2.55, 5.22, 5.57. Those are his BB/9 rates for the last three seasons. The 2007 figure of 2.55 is pretty good but since then he his control has been unspeakably awful. Predict Carmona's IP/BB/ER against Oakland [2 points each] 5.2 IP, 1 BB, 8 ER
  3. It seems like every fANpost that mentions Rajai Davis gets like a million comments, so I am definitely including him in this GOG. How many times on base for Raj? [3 points] 7 times on base
  4. Justin Masterson was traded to Cleveland as part of the package for Victor Martinez and he has shown some troubling signs as a starter for the Indians (he was mostly pitching out of the bullpen for Boston). He is still doing a good job at getting ground balls and avoiding the home run (actually, he is doing a ridiculously good job at avoiding home runs, but some of that is definitely luck and small samples), but his strikeout rate has dropped and his walks are up into Carmona territory. Maybe he's a case of a sinker/slider guy who doesn't have enough variety in his repetoire to succeed as a starter, but the Indians will surely give him more of a chance to prove himself. How many Oakland hitters does Masterson walk in his game 1 start? [3 points] 4 BB for Masterson
  5. How many starts for Landon Powell, at catcher or elsewhere? Does he hit a home run in the series? [3 points for the first question, +-1 for the second question] 1 start, no HR
  6. Travis Hafner hasn't been able to stay healthy this season, but he has been a decent hitter when he plays (not like his monster years of 2004-2006, but also not like his below replacement performance last season). How many plate appearances for Pronk? [3 points] 13 PA for Hafner
  7. September call-up Michael Brantley has a big job in trying to fill Sizemore's shoes. So far he is hitting .328, but with few walks and pretty much zero power. Predict his H/SB/CS for the series [2 points each] 6 H, 0 SB, 2 CS
  8. The 2009 Cleveland bullpen is almost bad enough to make fans long for the days of Joe Borowski. Their relievers have a combined ERA that is third worst in the AL, ahead of only Kansas City and Baltimore (and if you go by FIP, then Cleveland is second worst in all MLB, ahead of the Nationals). How many runs to the A's score against this bullpen of horrors? [3 points] 3 ER off the Cleveland bullpen
  9. Mortensen (1-2), Anderson (9-10), and Gonzalez(5-6) all have the opportunity to even their records at .500 with a win. Which of these three young starters manages to do it? [+1 for each right, -1 for each wrong] Mortensen and Anderson pick up wins, Gio does not

The series starts up at 7:05 pm, so post your entries...

Results

That was another nice series, eh?

Overall scoring statistics

  • mean = 6.92857 points
  • standard deviation = 4.15959 points
  • mode = 8 or 10 points
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via cfcp.uchicago.edu

Your Scores

I don't have a whole lot to say today, except congratulations easyraider and stranahanahan!

name place (this GOG) score (this GOG) # of GOGs place (all GOG) score (all GOG) place (by AVG) score by AVG
easyraider 1 11 17 23 121 9 0.209
stranahanahan 11 12 36 67 N/E 0.179
zaniac75 3 10 46 2 343 4 0.229
Angry Sean 10 43 9 228 25 0.162
nevermoor 10 43 1 349 2 0.248
doctorK 6 9 48 7 261 23 0.167
A'sfaninNC 7 8 38 4 283 3 0.231
muffinpryde 8 40 10 226 21 0.172
Rated-R Superstar 8 42 3 287 7 0.214
swatnick 10 7 27 11 224 1 0.256
adragon 11 5 31 17 167 24 0.166
streetfan 12 2 43 15 200 27 0.141
colin 13 0 46 5 271 17 0.182
JLeverenz 14 -2 30 16 197 10 0.205
Mantecan As Fan DNP -- 1 95 1 N/E 0.024
SoCal As Fan DNP -- 14 30 93 N/E 0.200
NateHST DNP -- 15 26 112 N/E 0.225
DCinWC DNP -- 16 32 84 26 0.158
GoAs DNP -- 34 12 222 14 0.197
mikeA DNP -- 31 8 232 5 0.227
ZeroIndulgence DNP -- 20 25 116 19 0.176
gigglingone DNP -- 16 24 117 6 0.225
Kimberly DNP -- 21 19 131 15 0.189
oblique DNP -- 38 13 217 20 0.176
vegAN ryAN DNP -- 4 52 27 N/E 0.185
diehardoaklandfan22 DNP -- 16 28 106 11 0.202
micdog2001 DNP -- 39 6 267 8 0.210
Walton711 DNP -- 1 78 9 N/E 0.214
travdog6 DNP -- 2 95 1 N/E 0.013
Boonee DNP -- 3 58 19 N/E 0.174
RayJEdd DNP -- 12 29 104 N/E 0.252
A'sBowlingLeague DNP -- 2 58 19 N/E 0.244
elephantbaseball DNP -- 19 20 126 13 0.200
brian.only DNP -- 4 69 14 N/E 0.096
robertmelvin DNP -- 6 43 41 N/E 0.188
OaktownPower DNP -- 16 27 110 12 0.201
roscoe DNP -- 29 18 161 22 0.168
Flashfire DNP -- 1 88 6 N/E 0.143
designatedforassignment DNP -- 3 68 16 N/E 0.145
tresselfan DNP -- 4 85 7 N/E 0.046
KMoAsFan DNP -- 4 57 20 N/E 0.137
Gallagher's Watermelons DNP -- 1 74 10 N/E 0.238
GreenOctober69 DNP -- 1 82 8 N/E 0.190
SLOtown DNP -- 10 37 60 N/E 0.174
baseballnut020 DNP -- 9 41 51 N/E 0.173
MaineAthletic DNP -- 12 33 73 N/E 0.187
j_rich36 DNP -- 1 85 7 N/E 0.167
scutaroknowstheway DNP -- 1 92 3 N/E 0.071
train80 DNP -- 35 14 206 18 0.179
FormerHuntsvilleStar DNP -- 11 31 88 N/E 0.251
jay_sensei DNP -- 6 42 44 N/E 0.227
Athletix Man DNP -- 9 38 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 43 41 N/E 0.197
JediLeroy DNP -- 1 82 8 N/E 0.222
Dalesman DNP -- 2 88 6 N/E 0.083
nateh37 DNP -- 7 45 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 82 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 46 34 N/E 0.165
King Richard DNP -- 2 71 13 N/E 0.203
jpl DNP -- 8 40 55 N/E 0.222
baseballgirl DNP -- 1 74 10 N/E 0.286
whiteshoes40 DNP -- 18 35 68 28 0.116
walkoff baltimore chop DNP -- 1 85 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 38 59 N/E 0.276
Gaijin_Suketto DNP -- 1 69 14 N/E 0.424
harenshair DNP -- 15 20 126 N/E 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 90 5 N/E 0.179
dtownmbrown DNP -- 4 54 25 N/E 0.182
Blicks DNP -- 21 20 126 16 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 -- 4 78 9 N/E 0.069
robbo650 DNP -- 4 64 17 N/E 0.132
Steve in Napa DNP -- 1 95 1 N/E 0.032
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