Fact is, there hasn't been much to smile about lately. After a tough series sweep, the A's continue the homestand vs. their once favorite AL East punching bags, the Baltimore Orioles. Back in May and June, we traded home sweeps; here's hoping we can return to our former Oriole wing-clipping.
1. Series Outcome (3 points)
2. Errorz R Bad. After 4 errors on Sunday, the Cubs leapfrogged over the Rangers and A's for the MLB error crown (101, 98, and 99 errors respectively). The A's will not stand for this insurgency! At the end of the series, do the A’s lead MLB in errors? (2 points) Does any A’s pitcher make an error in the series? (1 point) Do the A’s have any one game where they go error-free? (1 point)
3. Starz and no Goatz: Name any two position players on both teams who finish with a positive WPA for the entire series. (2 points each, 8 total). Bonus: If you would like, also make a guess for the player with the highest single-game WPA from any team for 6 additional points. The catch is, if you guess wrong, you invalidate any gains from the first part of the question.
4. Which A’s starter posts the highest game score? Do our starters post a combined game score of over 100 for the series? (2 pts each, 4 total)
5. Brandon Allen Belt. In a move that nods to our cross bay rivals, Brandon Allen may sit in favor of Conor Jackson. Let’s hope that’s not the case, especially with his 3 hit performance on Sunday. Give me his PA/H/K/BB for the series. (2 points, 8 total)
6. How many innings does the A’s bullpen throw in this series (+/- 1IP)? (2 pts). For each stat, tell me which bullpen posts more (tie is acceptable): IP, K, BB, GO (1 point each, 4 total; 6 for whole question)
7. Both the A’s and O’s are tied with a .283 BABIP. Does this last through the series? (2 points)