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Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles, and the End of a 20-Year Losing Streak

Tweet Big Data Baseball by Travis Sawchik follows the story of the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates. It gives insight into their sabermetrics approach and low budget salary to produce a winning baseball team for the first time in 20 years. This story has been told before, about how a team overcomes some obstacle by thinking outside […]

Neighborhood Play: Baseball Terminology

Tweet A neighborhood play does not have the power it once used to.  Instant replay has almost eliminated the possibility of a neighborhood play, as baseball has become an honest game of inches. What is a neighborhood play? During a double play, the fielder covering second base is allowed to be in the vicinity of […]

Houston Astros Win 2017 World Series

Tweet The Houston Astros won the 2017 World Series on Tuesday night by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 at Dodger Stadium. It is the first time the franchise has claimed the Commissioner’s Trophy. It was a whirlwind series as the Astros and Dodgers battled back and forth inning after inning and […]

Astros, Dodgers set World Series Home Run Record

Tweet The 2017 World Series only features three of the top 50 home run leaders from the regular season (Cody Bellinger – 39, George Springer – 34, Yasiel Puig – 28). However, the long ball has never been more frequent in the fall classic than this year. The record was set through only five games, […]

Playoff Success Determined by Divisional Disparity?

Tweet The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros are in the midst of a perennial World Series matchup. Did they make it to the pinnacle of the playoffs because they were really the better teams in their respective leagues? Perhaps they were better tested throughout the regular season with tougher division opponents whom they saw […]