OK! This is a brand new contest brought to you by the Baseball-Reference.com blog. All of the weekly stat challenges leading up to this one should be considered spring training games because they don't count in the official standings.
The new Stat Challenge is going to be a season-long contest. Each week, 10 entries will earn points based on the best total scores. At the end of the challenge, the contestant with the most points earns a free 6-month subscription (or subscription extension) to the Baseball-Reference.com Play Index. If you like this blog and want to get in on all the fun research, now is your chance to do it for free.
The official rules can be found here. If you've been playing in the weekly challenges so far, it's basically the same in terms of the questions, scoring, and overall rules. The only differences are the new point system for the top 10 entries and the prize at the end.
Instead of posting your answers in a comment, you must fill out the form below. You will not be able to see any other entries but as with the earlier challenge results posts. You must use the same screen name and email address each week. Only I can see your email address and it will never be published. Please pick a screen name with at least a last initial (such as Kim B or Kim1982 instead of just Kim.)
Finally, for people new to this website or the Play Index, after the form below are some tips on how to look up data relevant to each question. Part of the goal here is to help users learn how to use the site to find data of interest.
Here are some tips on how to research the questions to come up with your guesses.
1. To find extra-base hits for the Padres, the easiest way is to go to the 2010 Padres Team Batting Gamelog page. I got there by just typing in 2010 Padres in the search box on the front page, and then choosing "Game Logs" under the Batting [+] option in the gray toolbar down the page a bit. Here, it's easy to see how many extra-base hits the Padres got in the last week or in the entire season (just add up 2B, 3B, and HR for each game) and then take a guess at how many they'll hit in the coming week. You might want to look at which teams and pitchers they are scheduled to face, too.
2. To find the number of solo homers, the easiest way is to look at the 2010 MLB batting splits based on Bases Occupied. As of this writing, there have been 644 homers with the bases empty so far this season. If you want to go into more depth, you could do a PI Team Batting Event Finder to find homers with no runners on and break it down by date to see what happened last week, for example.
3. To find starting pitcher performances of at least 8 innings, the easiest way is to use the PI Pitching Game Finder for 2010 set role to starter and IP >= 8. So far this season there have been 121 such performances.
4. Runs scored by pitchers is another one that is easiest to find with the PI. In this case it would be a Batting Game Finder with the player's position set to pitcher. Set Runs >= 1 and look for all relevant games. To find out how many runs were scored over a certain time period, just pick out the dates you want and add the run totals.
5. To find strikeouts by a particular player, the easiest way to do that is to go each individual pitcher's game logs. Here is Tim Lincecum's 2010 log, for example. From there you can guess how many K's he usually gets in a game. You might want to look at the schedule to see how many times he'll pitch and which opponent(s) he might be facing.
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