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Results from the 2009 Over/Under Contest

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Back in March, I asked you a series of questions related to your expectations for the 2009 Brewers, and collected the results. Today, after spending a few hours gathering, sorting and re-sorting the spreadsheet, I'm prepared to announce the winner. Bear in mind, all scores are out of 30:

Predictor Score
Dionysus0 22
Saltire 21
Heckman8 21
BrewCityBub 21
BacktoCali 20

 

And, embarassed as I am to post them, here's the bottom of the standings:

Predictor Score
KLSnow 8
Braun Holio 9
stork02 10
5 others tied 12

 

I'm actually pretty impressed that I managed to do this poorly. In a contest where a flipped coin would have (on average) scored about 15, I only managed to get slightly more than half of that, and at least 4 questions less than 50 of the 52 other entries.

The consensus pick was the correct pick in 15 of the 30 questions, but the average score was slightly better than 50%, at 15.98.

So, congratulations to our winner, and to literally everyone else who played for beating me. Follow the jump for a question by question look at the results. Some of the races turned out much closer than any of us likely expected.

HITTERS

Ryan Braun's OPS: .945
Consensus answer: Under, 63%
Correct answer: Under. Braun was over .945 as late as August 29, but a rough start to September dropped it all the way to .915 on September 25, and his late charge only lifted it back to .937.

Prince Fielder HR: 39.5
Consensus answer: Over, 56%
Correct answer: Over. Fielder hit his 40th home run on September 20, and proceeded to hit six more in the Crew's final 13 games to finish with 46, the second highest total in franchise history.

Rickie Weeks' batting average: .245
Consensus answer: Over, 81%
Correct answer: Over. Weeks played his final game of the season on May 17, and his 0-for-1 that day dropped his average to .272.

Jason Kendall starts: 134.5
Consensus answer: Under, 81%
Correct answer: Under, but just barely. Kendall appeared in 134 games this season, although a couple of them weren't starts.

Mike Rivera ABs: 119.5
Consensus answer: Over, 77%
Correct answer: Under. Rivera finished the season with 114 at bats, slightly below the mark. He's now picked up just 331 at bats in four seasons as a Brewer. This is the first time the consensus opinion has been wrong.

J.J. Hardy slugging: .470
Consensus answer: Over, 69%
Correct answer: Under, and it wasn't even close. Hardy's .357 slugging percentage was the lowest by any Brewer regular not named Jason Kendall. He would have needed to hit 12 more home runs to bring it up to .470, which would have more than doubled his season total.

Bill Hall games: 119.5
Consensus answer: Under, 52%
Correct answer: Under. Hall played in 76 games before being designated for assignment, and appeared in 34 more as a Mariner for a season total of 110.

Mat Gamel games: 24.5
Consensus answer: Under, 62%
Correct answer: Over. While Gamel played sparingly, his early callup and long stretch on the roster this season meant he appeared in his 25th game on June 11, and finished the season with 61 appearances.

Mike Cameron OPS: .800
Consensus answer: Under, 54%
Correct answer: Under. By batting .200 over the last 17 games of the season, Cameron lowered his OPS from .801 to .795, finishing just short. He was at .800 as late as game #161, but went 0-for-4 on the season's final day.

Corey Hart walks: 31.5
Consensus answer: Over, 77%
Correct answer: Over. Hart walked 13 times in April en route to a career high 43.

Brewers with 30+ HR: 2.5
Consensus answer: Under, 56%
Correct answer: Under. Braun and Fielder each surpassed 30, but Cameron was the next closest with 24.

Brewer batters with 100+ strikeouts: 5.5
Consensus answer: Over, 52%
Correct answer: Under. Cameron, Fielder and Braun all passed 100, but they were the only three. Full seasons from Corey Hart (92 in 417 ABs), Rickie Weeks (39 in 147 ABs) and Bill Hall (72 in 214 ABs) almost certainly would have done it.

PITCHERS

Seth McClung starts: 14.5
Consensus answer: Under, 71%
Correct answer: Under. Many of us expected McClung to be the first man added to the rotation, but he only ended up making two starts.

Chris Capuano starts: 1.5
Consensus answer: Under, 54%
Correct answer: Under. Capuano didn't actually pitch in a game at any level until August, and never pitched above Helena this season.

Brewer pitchers to start a game: 8.5
Consensus answer: Over, 83%
Correct answer: Over, but just barely. Chris Narveson's starts in September made him the ninth Brewer pitcher to start a game.

Among the group of Dave Bush, Jeff Suppan, Yovani Gallardo, Manny Parra and Braden Looper, pitchers who will pitch 160 or more innings: 3.5
Consensus answer: Under, 52%
Correct answer: Under. Gallardo, Looper and Suppan all did it, but Parra finished 20 innings short.

Manny Parra ERA: 4.20
Consensus answer: Under, 52%
Correct answer: Over. Not only did more than half of us get it wrong, more than half of us got it wrong by over 2 full runs. By allowing five earned runs in 2.2 innings in his last start, Parra pushed his 2009 ERA up to 6.36.

Jeff Suppan ERA: 4.90
Consensus answer: Under, 71%
Correct answer: Over. Jeff Suppan posted a 5.29 ERA, making 2009 the fourth straight season it's gone up. He's on pace for a 5.73 ERA next season.

Trevor Hoffman saves: 29.5
Consensus answer: Under, 52%
Correct answer: Over. Finally, some good news. Hoffman significantly outperformed most of our expectations en route to 37 saves.

Mitch Stetter innings: 49.5
Consensus answer: Over, 67%
Correct answer: Under. Stetter made 71 appearances but pitched just 45 innings.

David Riske innings: 49.5
Consensus answer: Over, 52%
Correct answer: Under. Riske pitched just one inning before being shut down and eventually having Tommy John surgery.

Pitchers to appear in a game: 19.5
Consensus answer: Over, 88%
Correct answer: Over. David Weathers became the 20th pitcher to appear in a game when he was acquired, the Brewers used 23 overall.

Brewer leader in wins: 14.5
Consensus answer: Over, 71%
Correct answer: Under, but Braden Looper made it close with 14.

Brewer leader in losses: 12.5
Consensus answer: Over, 63%
Correct answer: Under, but Yovani Gallardo and Jeff Suppan each finished with 12.

TEAM

Team wins: 84.5
Consensus answer: Over, 63%
Correct answer: Under, of course.

Finish in NL Central: 2.5
Consensus answer: Under, 71%
Correct answer: Over.

Playoff appearances: .5
Consensus answer: Under, 73%
Correct answer: Under.

Brewer All Stars: 2.5
Consensus answer: Under, 52%
Correct answer: Over. Braun, Fielder and Hoffman

Runs scored: 800
Consensus answer: Over, 75%
Correct answer: Under. The Brewers scored 785 runs, which was still the third most in the NL, but not as many as we expected.

Runs allowed: 750
Consensus answer: Over, 79%
Correct answer: Over. The Brewers allowed 818 runs, second most in the NL.