GOG 2013 #38: Baseball Is Full Of Surprises, And Then There Are The Astros... (Revised Answers Posted)

The worst record in MLB. A face-palming 30 games back. I'm watching them get no-hit right now. The Astros are as bad as advertised. The A's have thumped them to an 11-1 beat. They have twice as many wins against the Rangers. You know who has a losing record against these guys? The slegnA! Yep. Only team in the AL to pull that one off. Is this Irony? It has such a sweet taste!

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THE QUESTIONS (77 points possible, but not likely)

1. Series Outcome (3 points) Astros, 2-1

2. Draggin' The (Run) Line The A's have scored an average of 4.2 Runs per Game at the Coliseum. The Astros have averaged 3.9 RPG on the Road. Predict Over/Under 7.5 Runs for each game, both teams combined. (1 point each, 3 total) Over/Under/Under

3. Trogdor vs. Reddick Speaking of un-surprises, Chris Carter, an everyday player at last, is leading the Astros in Home Runs. And Strikeouts. (Oh, Corporan just homered to break up Darvish's no-no. The Astros are still terrible, though) In fact, you might say that Chris is burninating the Strikeout column. He's only 2 behind Napoli for the most in MLB. Predict Trogdor's AB/H/XBH/K Now, do the same for a suddenly-resurgent Josh Reddick. (2 points each) Do either of them hit a Home Run in this Series? (1 point, 17 total). Carter: 12/2/2/3 Reddick: 12/3/0/3 Yes, HR

4. Youth Will Be Served A sign of better things to come perhaps, Jerred Cosart has made 5 starts for Houston, and he looked pretty good in 4 of them. Sonny Gray wasn't too shabby in his 1st ML start, either. Predict IP/H/ER/BB/K for each of them. (2 points each, 20 total) Cosart: 6/3/0/1/4 Gray: 8/4/0/1/9

5. Elf Quest This was originally going to be a Sogard vs. Altuve question, but Jose is day-to-day with the quad thing, so let's concentrate on Sogard: How many starts does he get in this series? Does he play another position aside from 2nd Base? Does he get an XBH in this Series? Is he charged with an Error in this Series? Does Altuve appear in at least 2 of these games? (1 point each, 5 total) Sogard: 3 Starts/ Yes, plays another position/ Yes, XBH/ No Errors/ Yes, Altuve appears in 2+ games

6. GO/AO A-GO-GO My instincts tell me that it's better to have a Pitching Staff with a high ratio of Ground Outs to Outs made in the Air. The A's Pitching Staff is dead last in the Majors in this category. The Astros are 2nd in the AL. And a fat lot of good it's doing them. Predict Over/Under/Tie for a 1/1 GO/AO ratio for each SP (1 point each, 6 total) Over for Everyone

7. Bullpen Connect 4 For each team, name the Relief Pitcher who:

a) Pitches the most Innings

b) Gives up the most Hits

c) Walks the most Batters

d) Notches the most Strikeouts (2 points per RP, 4 per category)

A tie in any category counts for points. Zeros for any category do not constitute a tie. No points for that team in that category, unless you specifically guess "zero" or "nobody". Take an extra 3 points if you correctly guess both Pitchers in at least one category. Take an extra 4 points if you correctly guess either team's pitchers in all four categories. 4 points max for this part. (23 points, if you run the table!) IP: Chavez/Harrell H: Chavez/Zeid, Humber BB: Chavez, Otero/Lo, Harrell K: Chavez/Zeid, Fields

Answers Due by Tuesday, 7:05 PM PDT. Good Luck, and Let's Go A's

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