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GOG 2009 #49

Sorry, but life has been throwing me curveballs lately, so this is going to be a short GOG. Hopefully this series will turn out like the last two, right?

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GOG #49 :: Ranger Revenge? (21 points possible)

Four game series vs Texas Rangers -- September 21-24

UPDATE -- answers added below in bold

  1. Series outcome [3 points] 2-2 split
  2. Though Brad Ziegler doesn't have the same magic as he did last season, when he set the record for consecutive scoreless innings to start a major league career, he has actually been a better pitcher. The groundballs are still there, and the ridiculously low HR rate to go with it, plus he is striking out more hitters while walking fewer. The fact that his ERA is up to 3.15 in 2009 can be explained by his BABIP, which went from .246 in 2008 to .355 in 2009. And that is really a comment on Oakland's infield defense (and a dash of luck), not anything wrong with Ziggy. Predict his IP/K/BB for these four games [2 points each] 2.1 IP, 2 K, 3 BB
  3. Ian Kinsler is proving himself to be a star player, with his second consecutive season at 4 WAR. Comparing this year to the last one, there are some significant differences, however. His BABIP is way way down, falling from .339 in 2008 to .246 this year. Ordinarily we might chalk that all up to bad luck (and I'm sure there is some luck component in there), but part of it seems to be a real change. While Kinsler's HR per fly ball ratio is up a bit this year, the main reason that he is about to break the 30 HR mark is because he is hitting a lot more fly balls than he did in the past. His fly ball rate is up from his previous norm of 43-45% to almost 55%, and the batted ball category that has declined is line drives. A big reduction in the number of line drives he is hitting surely accounts for part of the drop in BABIP, and his batting line has suffered as a result. It will be interesting to see if this is a one year fluctuation, or if it really represents the new Ian Kinsler. Anyway, the question is to predict his hits, home runs, and line drives for the series [2 points each] 1 H, 0 HR, 1 line drive (for a game ending double play)
  4. How many plate appearance for Travis Buck in the series? Does he record a hit? [3 points for the first question, +-1 for the second question] 6 plate appearances and he did get a hit
  5. Which Gonzalez posts a better game score, Edgar or Gio? [+1 if right, -1 if wrong] Gio's start was moved back a day, so he didn't pitch and this question doesn't count. But even Gio could have probably done better than Edgar Gonzalez's game score of 21.
  6. As a team, the Rangers have almost identical numbers hitting against righties (.770 OPS) and lefties (.771 OPS). In this series, do they score more runs against the A's righties or lefties (counting starters and relievers)? [+1 if right, -1 if wrong] Waaaay more runs scored off of right handed pitchers, which isn't surprising because the righties threw waaaay more innings.

Game 1 starts at 7:05 pm. Don't swing and miss!

Results

Just catching up on some grading...

Overall scoring statistics

  • mean = 4.41667 points
  • standard deviation = 3.17543 points
  • mode = 5 points
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via cfcp.uchicago.edu

Your Scores

The big winner is Rated-R Superstar! The big loser? That would be me.

name place (this GOG) score (this GOG) # of GOGs place (all GOG) score (all GOG) place (by AVG) score by AVG
Rated-R Superstar 1 10 43 3 297 7 0.218
swatnick 2 9 28 8 233 1 0.260
muffinpryde 3 6 41 9 232 21 0.174
streetfan 4 5 44 15 205 27 0.143
nevermoor 5 44 1 354 2 0.248
easyraider 5 18 20 126 8 0.210
zaniac75 7 4 47 2 347 4 0.229
Angry Sean 4 44 9 232 25 0.162
doctorK 9 3 49 7 264 23 0.167
micdog2001 10 2 40 5 269 9 0.208
stranahanahan 2 13 35 69 N/E 0.175
colin 12 -2 47 5 269 18 0.178
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 9 232 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
Walton711 DNP -- 1 78 9 N/E 0.214
JLeverenz DNP -- 30 16 197 10 0.205
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 17 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
A'sfaninNC DNP -- 38 4 283 3 0.231
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
adragon DNP -- 31 17 167 24 0.166
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 36 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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