GOG 2009 #45

I hope you all had a nice extended weekend. Now it's back to work on the GOG...

The A's head into Chicago for a quick two game set with the White Sox. The White Sox have pretty much written off any playoff chances at this point (they are 8.5 games behind Detroit in the AL Central, 11 back in the Wild Card, and just last week they traded Jim Thome so that he could play for a contender). However, they are still showing signs of life, taking three of four from the Red Sox over Labor Day weekend. It's a short series, so here is a short GOG.

Also, I'll be in section 120, row 26 tonight. Come say hi if you're at the game! Hmmm... I'm not sure if there are any Chicagoans among the GOG regulars.


GOG #45 :: Short Set in Chicago (21 points possible)

Two game series @ Chicago White Sox -- September 8 and 9

UPDATE -- answers added below in bold

  1. Series outcome [3 points] 1-1 split
  2. Carlos Torres will make his fourth major league start Tuesday against Brett Tomko. His first three starts have been spread out over the last 2+ months and range from very good (7 shutout innings against the Cubs) to shockingly awful (6 walks in 3.1 innings against Cleveland). Predict his IP/ER/BB against Oakland [2 points each] put this one in the shockingly awful category -- 0.2 IP, 5 ER, 1 BB (2 HR!)
  3. Fresh off a sweet grand slam against Seattle, how many RBI is Hairston responsible for against the White Sox? [3 points] 3 RBI
  4. I went to two White Sox games over the weekend and for both games the Chicago designated hitter was Scott Podsednik. Seriously. Does Pods manage an extra-base hit, since he's trying to fill Thome's shoes? (note: just tell me whether or not he gets an XBH, regardless of whether he is DHing or playing outfield) [3 points] [+1 if right, -1 if wrong] yes, 2 doubles for Scotty Pods
  5. U.S. Cellular Field has a consistently high HR park factor, with a current value of 1.151 (means that 15% more home runs are hit in U.S. Cellular than in an average ballpark). How many home runs for each team in this series? [2 points each] 2 HR for each team
  6. Will Gordon Beckham make it into either of the games in this series? (He left Saturday's game after the top of the first with a tight back) [+1 if right, -1 if wrong] nope
  7. Which former Oakland outfielder has a better series by WPA, Jermaine Dye or Mark Kotsay? [+1 if right, -1 if wrong] They both had an overall negative contribution to win probability, but Kotsay was less negative (-.038) than Dye (-.327)
  8. Bonus question -- How many overpriced ballpark beers will Colin drink during the two games? [0 points] 2, and they were delicious!

Game one kicks off at 5:11 pm. You don't want to miss any Brett Tomko, so get your answers posted early!


Sort of a weak little GOG on my part, but I'll try to make up for it with the next series.

Overall scoring statistics

  • mean = 2.76923 points
  • standard deviation = 3.13990 points
  • mode = 6 points


Your Scores

Congratulations to doctorK for winning the GOG! Also, Angry Sean breaks through the 200 point barrier, and nevermoor somehow pulls slightly away from zaniac75 despite forgetting to post an entry.

nameplace (this GOG)score (this GOG)# of GOGsplace (all GOG)score (all GOG)place (by AVG)score by AVG
doctorK1745724324 0.166
micdog20012637625810 0.213
Angry Sean6401420427 0.156
Rated-R Superstar63942719 0.217
oblique54371021320 0.177
JLeverenz4281519111 0.213
colin7344526417 0.185
swatnick8225112111 0.261
A'sfaninNC23732755 0.231
GoAs10133921515 0.197
zaniac7511-14323244 0.232
stranahanahan-1104148N/E 0.156
muffinpryde13-3381220823 0.167
Mantecan As FanDNP--1951N/E 0.024
SoCal As FanDNP--143093N/E 0.200
NateHSTDNP--15251127 0.225
DCinWCDNP--16328426 0.158
mikeADNP--3182326 0.227
ZeroIndulgenceDNP--202411621 0.176
gigglingoneDNP--16231178 0.225
KimberlyDNP--211913116 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--291716122 0.168
FlashfireDNP--1886N/E 0.143
designatedforassignmentDNP--36816N/E 0.145
tresselfanDNP--4857N/E 0.046
KMoAsFanDNP--45720N/E 0.137
streetfanDNP--401619028 0.144
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--351320619 0.179
nevermoorDNP--4213393 0.247
FormerHuntsvilleStarDNP--113188N/E 0.251
jay_senseiDNP--64244N/E 0.227
easyraiderDNP--142999N/E 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
adragonDNP--291815425 0.164
Helloooo 1stDNP--64634N/E 0.165
King RichardDNP--27113N/E 0.203
jplDNP--83955N/E 0.222
baseballgirlDNP--17410N/E 0.286
whiteshoes40DNP--18356829 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--212012618 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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