Written by: John McCool (@Desertrose28) This year’s draft features an exciting crop of prospects including Markelle Fultz, Josh Jackson, and Malik Monk. Despite the deep draft class, teams picking in the lottery are still at the mercy of player flops and the injury bug that derails the careers of many promising young players. We will… Read More Predicting the NBA Draft
Written By: Jason Baik On April 4th, 2017, the American Statistical Association held a Spring Banquet in the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center. There was a 20-minute keynote panel of statistics in sports consisting of Bill Benter, Dan Fox, and Peter Carr. Here is a brief biography of the panelists and a summary of their presentations:… Read More ASA Spring Banquet Keynote Panel: Statistics in Sports
Written by: Yusuf Mehkri In correspondence with Sam Ventura’s class: 36-144 – Winning with Statistics in Sports At the start of every NFL game, the team that wins the coin toss has the ability to decide which half they want to start the ball with. Some coaches decide to start the game with the ball,… Read More Does Starting the Half with the Football Correlate to More Points on the Board?
Analyzing the accuracy of Matthew Berry’s weekly fantasy football “Love/Hate” list for the 2016/2017 NFL season Written By: Aedan Marty (@FirstAedKit) Overview During the 2015/2016 NFL season, an estimated 74.7 million Americans spent $4.6 billion playing fantasy football , with both of those figures expected to grow in the coming years as fantasy sports continues… Read More How Talented is the Talented Mr. Roto?
Written By: John McCool (@Desertrose28) Entering the 2017 baseball season, Dodgers’ left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw is at his most dominant form. With a back injury that shortened his 2016 season, Kershaw posted a 1.80 FIP and 10.39 K/9 over 149 innings. In a game full of elite pitchers from Max Scherzer to Madison Bumgarner, Kershaw… Read More Clayton Kershaw’s Pitch Sequencing is Hard to Beat
Written By: John McCool (@Desertrose28) Last Thursday’s Suns -Lakers matchup gave fans a glimpse of some of the most exciting young NBA players. In a fast-paced, offensive-oriented game, the Lakers improved to 20-45 by outlasting the Suns 122-110. With players like Brandon Ingram, D’Angelo Russell, and Julius Randle (Lakers) alongside Devin Booker and T.J. Warren… Read More The Lakers Play Young
The Hidden Value of Buster Posey and Yasmani Grandal Written By: John McCool (@Desertrose28) Pitch framing is the art of using slight body movement and positioning to create the illusion of a strike. A good pitch framer turns borderline balls into strikes and keeps pitches received in the strike zone as strikes. If done consistently,… Read More Pitch Framing on the West Coast