Title

Baseball by the numbers

Presenter Information

Brian Robertson

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 271

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

This study is an analysis of baseball statistics to find what will help each team reach the playoffs. Major League Baseball is a big business: last year the league brought in revenue of 7.2 billion dollars, and over 73 million fans attended games. Baseball is known as “America’s Pastime.” Each manager, coach, and scout’s job depends on whether they can take a team to the playoffs. The biggest goal for each team is to make the playoffs. Since 1995 there have been four teams from both the American and National league who enter the playoffs. Statistical analysis can be done to find what teams need to do to maximize the amount of wins they get each season. In 2012, a new rule has been implemented to now allow 5 teams from the two different leagues to enter the playoffs. How will this effect a team’s strategy going into the season? This study analyzed earned run average, hitting average, on base percentage and other statistics to find what is important to make a winning team. After those are analyzed, the study took a further look into other baseball statistics such as WHIP and WAR to see what makes a good pitcher, batter, or fielder.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dominic Klyve

Additional Mentoring Department

Mathematics

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Baseball by the numbers

SURC 271

This study is an analysis of baseball statistics to find what will help each team reach the playoffs. Major League Baseball is a big business: last year the league brought in revenue of 7.2 billion dollars, and over 73 million fans attended games. Baseball is known as “America’s Pastime.” Each manager, coach, and scout’s job depends on whether they can take a team to the playoffs. The biggest goal for each team is to make the playoffs. Since 1995 there have been four teams from both the American and National league who enter the playoffs. Statistical analysis can be done to find what teams need to do to maximize the amount of wins they get each season. In 2012, a new rule has been implemented to now allow 5 teams from the two different leagues to enter the playoffs. How will this effect a team’s strategy going into the season? This study analyzed earned run average, hitting average, on base percentage and other statistics to find what is important to make a winning team. After those are analyzed, the study took a further look into other baseball statistics such as WHIP and WAR to see what makes a good pitcher, batter, or fielder.