# Predictions

## The Captain’s Replacement is a Knight

Derek Jeter has manned the shortstop position for two decades. Jeter often referred to as “The Captain” represented Yankee royalty. His heir apparent named Didi Gregorious, acquired by way of trade from Arizona on December 5, was made a knight in his home island of Curacao in 2011. His knighthood was earned after performing well …

## The Yankees Pitching Woes for 2015

It is now December 10th and I just heard the bad news − for Yankee fans like myself − that the White Sox will sign David Robertson to a four year \$46 million dollar contract and the Cubs have just signed Jon Lester to a 6-year \$155 million contract. A week ago the Yankees signed the …

## Met Fans Should Be Optimistic for 2015

As said in the previous blog posting by Dr. Stan “The Stats Man”, the Mets were the only team in 2014 with a winning season and a losing record.  A winning season means the subtraction of their runs allowed from their runs scored for the 2014 season was positive. This difference is called their run …

## A Sabermetric Look at the 2014 Playoff Teams

In a previous blog I talked about two important sabermetric formulas. Bill James’s Formula is Win% = (Runs Scored)2 / [(Runs Scored)2 + (Runs Allowed)2] and Stan “The Stats Man” Formula is Win% = 0.000683*[(Runs Scored) – (Runs Allowed)] +.50. James’s formula is called the Pythagorean Formula for Baseball and Stan’s Formula is called the Linear Formula …

## A Sabermetric Approach to Predicting Major League Standings

Bill James, the Father of Sabermetrics,  introduced his ”Pythagorean Theorem of Baseball”.  His theorem provides a formula to predict a team’s winning percentage (W%)  using the runs scored (RS) and runs allowed (RA) by the team for a season.  Sabermetrics uses mathematics (especially Statistics) to make objective baseball decisions. The Pythagorean Theorem of Baseball states: …

## The Two New York Teams and the Trading Deadline (Part 3)

I begin with the Yankees little brother in New York the Mets. In a previous blog I thought the Mets should either trade Colon or Matsuzaka for prospects or do nothing before the trade deadline.  It turns out they did nothing. I am glad the rumored trade that the Mets would part with their second …

The Oakland Athletics have pulled their usual second half of the season trick of getting just the right player, from a team out of contention, for their stretch drive to the playoffs. What is unusual this year the team out of contention is the Boston Red Sox. In the blockbuster trade just completed the Red …