SnakeLines, Week 23: GoldWalks

Double-plays? We got 'em. Coming out of every cupboard, drawer and picnic-hamper over the past week, it appears, as the line was blown away with more than two and a half games to go. Will this week's bet be similarly one-sided?

Week 22 review

I'd like to thank the Diamondbacks for allowing me to get this written up early on. Like, really early. The expected line was 6.5 double-plays over seven games, and things started quietly against the Giants, with one on Friday and another on Sunday. However, the opening game against the Blue Jays the following day, turned into a reenactment of Noah's Ark, the Diamondbacks meandering sadly back into the dugout, two by two. Gerardo Parra got things started in the second, and was followed by Eric Chavez, Wil Nieves and Paul Goldschmidt, who ended each of the last three innings with a twin killing.

That left us just half a GIDP short by Tuesday: that came in the fourth, courtesy of Aaron Hill. Martin Prado - inevitably - chipped in with one in the sixth, and Willie Bloomquist added another in the next frame. It was the first time since August 2005 that the D-backs had recorded consecutive games with 3+ double-plays: impressive, as we had 11 hits and four walks combined over the games. Bloomquist also DP'd on Wednesday, and we don't even need to argue whether or not to include the later incident, where Goldschmidt struck out, and Willie was caught stealing. Goldie has a more conventional one last night, his 19th, and may follow Prado past the previous franchise record.

The net result: over. Well over. As in eleven. But grimmy01 was the only one of the leading pack to get it right, and moves into a tie for second place, with blank_38 and AJV19 coming down on the wrong side of the line this week.

  • Winners (7): AzDbackfanInDc, grimmy01, GuruB, imstillhungry95, JoelPre, TimInTucson, walleye01
  • Sinners (6): Angry_Saguaro, AJV19, AzRattler, blank_38, catbat, frienetic

Standings

  • 13 points
    blank_38
  • 12 points
    AJV19
    grimmy01
  • 11 points
    Gildo
  • 10 points
  • 9 points
    GuruB
  • 8 points
    JoelPre
    SenSurround
    TolkienBard
  • 7 points
    Angry_Saguaro
    AzRattler
    piratedan7
    walleye01
    xmet
  • 6 points
    frienetic
  • 5 points
    imstillhungry95
    preston.salisbury
    rd33
  • 4 points
    AzDbackfanInDc
    azshadowwalker
    BigLeagueAZ
    Craig from Az
    eel
    FlannelFlapjacks
    Marc Fournier
    TimInTucson
  • 3 points
    azcougs
    catbat
  • 2 points
    bozzy35
    BrokeNBattleX
    Maizefed
    Songbird
  • 1 point
    AZfan85308
    babakolo
    backtocali
    benhat
    BobRob12
    LiamNeeson
    Muu
    navyazfan
    porty99
    Shawnwck
    Xipooo
  • 0 points
    azsportsfan31
    BattleMoses
    Daniel Corbin Jr.
    Diamondhacks
    hotclaws
    leemellon
    littleRoom
    PatrickPetersonAZ
    since_98
    Stumpy657
    Surksquatch

Week 23 line

Paul Goldschmidt's increasing walk-rate has been one of the quirks of the season. He walked 28 times in August - that's more than over the entire first-third of the season. Pitchers have realized that he can destroy them, particularly on pitches in his happy place [on the inner half of the plate], and would rather not take the risk, erring on the side of caution, away from his batter's box. This is why it has now been 14 games and 67 PAs since Goldschmidt's last home-run on August 20. However, since then, he has walked no less than 16 times. He sits on 90, ten short of the franchise record, set by Luis Gonzalez in 2001. Will this be the week he makes it?

Well, probably not, since only six road games are involved in this week's line. First. we complete the series in San Francisco, and then move down the coast to Los Angeles, for a series which feels like it's more of a moral battle than with anything meaningful at stake for the Diamondbacks. Still, here are some stats to help you decide where to wager your virtual SnakePit dollars.

  • Goldschmidt walks per game: 0.66
  • Goldschmidt walks last six games: six
  • Goldschmidt walks last six road games: six

Goldschmidt walks: five

Usual rules. Will the line be over, under or push (exactly five)? Tell us in the comments, by first pitch Friday night at AT&T Park - which feels like it's around midnight, but is actually 7:15pm. Get it right, and get a point, two points if push comes through - results next week!

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