GOG #41. Twinkies are too sweet for my tastes. ANSWERS POSTED

Set three of three against the Twins, who sit at 50-70, a .419 winning percentage, and 15 GB in the AL Central.




1- Series Outcome (3 points) 2-1 A's

2- WPA: Starz and Goatz- For the A's, name the three players who post the highest and lowest single-game WPA scores for any game this series. Now, do that for the Twins as well. (2 points each, 24 points possible). You should have twelve names in total: 6 A's and 6 Twins.

A's high: Milone (.233), Anderson (.315), and Crisp game 3 (.254)

Twins high: Carson (.236, seriously), Willingham game 1 (.181), and Mastroianni game 1 (.124)

A's low: McCarthy (-.429), Drew game 2 (-.114), and Rosales game 2 (-.109)

Twins low: Hendriks (-.250), Plouffe game 2 (-.200), Butera game 3 (-.138)

3- Joshes- Predict combined PA/H/XBH/BB/K/RBI accumulated by all A's and Twins position players who go by the first name of Josh. (2 points each). Which Josh has the most hits? (1 point) Does any Josh hit a HR? (1 point) Which one? (1 point) (14 points possible).

Reddick:12 PA, 2 H, 0 XBH, 2 BB, 1 K, 3 RBI

Donaldson:12 PA, 5 H, 3 XBH, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 RBI

Willingham: 12 PA, 4 H, 1 XBH, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 RBI

Combined: 36 PA, 11 H, 4 XBH, 3 BB, 7 K, 7 RBI

Donaldson has the most hits, and no Josh HRs

4- Pitcher pickin' - Pick any A's or Twins pitcher this series, and predict IP/H/ER/K/BB (2 points each), and Game Score (5 points if exact, 3 points if +/- 3, 1 point if +/- 5).(15 points possible).

Milone: 8 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 5 K, 1 BB, GS=78 v. Hendriks: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 K, 3 BB, GS=38

Anderson: 7IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 6 K, 0 BB, GS=71 v. De Vries: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 K, 3 BB, GS=49

McCarthy: 3.1IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, GS=17 v. Duensing: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 7 K, 1 BB, GS=62

5- Not Tame Cards- After the conclusion of Wednesday's games, do the A's hold a Wild Card berth? (1 point). How many games separate the A's and Angels? (2 points). The A's and Rangers? (2 points). (5 points possible)

Yes Wild Card berth for A's.

A's/Angels: 3.5 games

A's/Rangers: 5 games

6- Odds and Ends, Over/Under/Tie Edition (2 points each, 14 possible).

a) 7 ER given up by Twins starters Tie (7 ER)

b) 10 BB given up by A's pitching WAY Under (3 BB---only McCarthy, Milone, and Blackley gave em up).

c) 1 HR by anyone playing the catcher position that game.(HRs hit by catchers playing other positions/DH DO NOT COUNT). Under (Zero)

d) One extra innings affair. Under (Zero)

e) One blown lead in the seventh inning or later by either team (giving up the go-ahead run in a tie game doesn't count). Under (Zero)

f) 7 IP pitched by the A's bullpen for the entire series. Over (8.2, mostly Blackley)

g) One blown lead by the Angels bullpen in either Tuesday or Wednesday's game (the slegnA play Boston starting Tue). Under (Dammit Boston).

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