GOG 2009 #44

Well, every year there is that one team. The team that seems to bring out the worst in the Athletics. We all know that the lovable muppets haven't been very good at playing baseball this year, but there have definitely been bright spots too. It just seems like none of those bright spots show up against the Seattlites. Am I exaggerating, focusing too much on a couple bad games or bad innings? Yep, definitely. But, even though we are missing Felix this time around, I not looking forward to these next four games.

For the last GOG, I put on my rose-colored glasses and cheered for the A's to break out the brooms and start a stretch run that could pull the team into third place. We all saw how that worked out. This time around, I'm just begging for the A's to win one. One out of four. They can manage that, right?


GOG #44 :: A Feeling of Dread (31 points possible)

Four game series vs Seattle Mariners -- September 3-6

UPDATE -- answers added below in bold

  1. Series outcome [3 points] 2-2 split
  2. Beltre is back from his rather unfortunate injury. Predict his AB/H/RBI against Oakland [2 points each] 15 AB, 2 H, 1 RBI
  3. Brad Kilby had his major league debut last night, pitching 2 innings and allowing 1 hit while striking out 2 and walking none. Not bad. Predict Kilby's IP/K/BB for this series [2 points each] Kilby did not pitch (0 IP, 0 K, 0 BB)
  4. Which is the real Doug Fister? The pitcher who gives up five runs in six innings against the Royals? Or the pitcher who shuts down the Angels to the tune of one run in 7.1 innings? How many earned runs do the A's score against this young right-hander? [3 points] 1 ER for Fister
  5. August was a very good month for Mark Ellis, who hit .340/.382/.480 over 112 plate appearances. How many times will he reach base against the Mariners? [3 points] Ellis reached base 3 times in the series
  6. Vin Mazzaro has been throwing his fastball 65.8% of the time, which puts him behind only Cahill and Tomko among Oakland starters. The problem is that his fastball has been really bad, with a value of -1.9 runs per 100 fastballs. The only Oakland pitchers with worse fastballs this season are Marshall, Giese, and Mortensen, but there are significant sample size issues there. Do at least half of the hits off of Mazzaro come against his fastball? [+1 if right, -1 if wrong] Mazzaro did not pitch
  7. The Seattle catching tandem of Kenji Johjima and Rob Johnson has been essentially replacement level this season, with OBPs of .280 and .290, respectively. Which team has a better OPS from their catching position in this series? [+1 if right, -1 if wrong] Oakland catchers OPS'ed .673, Seattle catchers OPS'ed 1.103
  8. Ranked by Wins Above Replacement, Andrew Bailey and Michael Wuertz show up as the first and third best relief pitchers in the AL this season (Matt Thorton of the White Sox is number 2). On top of that, Brad Ziegler comes in at number 16. How many innings pitched and earned runs for the bullpen's big three? [2 points each] 8.1 IP, 3 ER
  9. We already know that Ichiro gives amazing quotes for reporters, but this one is above and beyond -- "Chicks who dig home runs aren’t the ones who appeal to me," he said. "I think there’s sexiness in infield hits because they require technique. I’d rather impress the chicks with my technique than with my brute strength. Then, every now and then, just to show I can do that, too, I might flirt a little by hitting one out." (link) How many infield hits for Ichiro in the series? [3 points] 1 infield hit
  10. If it seems like the Oakland offense has never shown up against Seattle this season, one of the reasons is that the A's have a Batting Average on Balls In Play (BABIP) of only .259 against the Mariners, which is 30 points lower than the A's BABIP for the season as a whole. But this isn't just bad luck. The thing is that Seattle has a really good defense and their opponents BABIP for the whole season is just .272. So the A's have done a bit worse than that, but it's not really surprising, given their lack of good hitters. Ok, after that long introduction, the question is: Will the A's BABIP for the series be above or below .272? [+1 if right, -1 if wrong] Oakland BABIP for the series was .282

The series gets underway at 7:05 pm. Post your guesses. I'll be hiding under the bed.


Well, that Mazzaro question really didn't work out. And the Kilby question was a bust as well. Nice work colin...

Overall scoring statistics

  • mean = 4.00000 points
  • standard deviation = 2.06559 points
  • mode = 5 points


Your Scores

Congratulations to JLeverenz for the GOG victory! No major milestones this time around, as Angry Sean stalled right in front of the 200 points marker.

nameplace (this GOG)score (this GOG)# of GOGsplace (all GOG)score (all GOG)place (by AVG)score by AVG
JLeverenz18271618710 0.213
colin2643526119 0.185
nevermoor64213393 0.247
A'sfaninNC63632735 0.233
streetfan55401519030 0.144
muffinpryde5371021124 0.172
Rated-R Superstar53842659 0.216
stranahanahan594149N/E 0.170
JLopez944789N/E 0.069
swatnick10324112091 0.265
doctorK344723627 0.164
zaniac751224223254 0.236
micdog2001236625211 0.212
adragon2291815426 0.164
oblique151361120922 0.177
Angry Sean1391419829 0.153
Mantecan As FanDNP--1951N/E 0.024
SoCal As FanDNP--14309316 0.200
NateHSTDNP--15251127 0.225
DCinWCDNP--16328428 0.158
GoAsDNP--32921417 0.199
mikeADNP--3182326 0.227
ZeroIndulgenceDNP--202411623 0.176
gigglingoneDNP--16231178 0.225
KimberlyDNP--211913118 0.189
vegAN ryANDNP--45227N/E 0.185
diehardoaklandfan22DNP--162710613 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--192012615 0.200
brian.onlyDNP--46914N/E 0.096
robertmelvinDNP--64341N/E 0.188
OaktownPowerDNP--162611014 0.201
roscoeDNP--291716125 0.168
FlashfireDNP--1886N/E 0.143
designatedforassignmentDNP--36816N/E 0.145
tresselfanDNP--4857N/E 0.046
KMoAsFanDNP--45720N/E 0.137
Gallagher's WatermelonsDNP--17410N/E 0.238
GreenOctober69DNP--1828N/E 0.190
SLOtownDNP--103660N/E 0.174
baseballnut020DNP--94051N/E 0.173
MaineAthleticDNP--123373N/E 0.187
j_rich36DNP--1857N/E 0.167
scutaroknowsthewayDNP--1923N/E 0.071
train80DNP--351320621 0.179
FormerHuntsvilleStarDNP--113188N/E 0.251
jay_senseiDNP--64244N/E 0.227
easyraiderDNP--14299912 0.206
Athletix ManDNP--93759N/E 0.199
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--83955N/E 0.222
baseballgirlDNP--17410N/E 0.286
whiteshoes40DNP--18356831 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--212012620 0.183
chillicothe20DNP--1789N/E 0.265
ChadGodDNP--17113N/E 0.382
SamYamDNP--35819N/E 0.186
robbo650DNP--46417N/E 0.132
Steve in NapaDNP--1951N/E 0.032
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