Using Analytics To Predict Sports Outcomes

Less than a month ago John Henry stated that the Red Sox relied too much on analytics in the their organization and that they will be balancing it out in different areas.  After the success of the Oakland Athletics and the 2003 book “Moneyball” written by Michael Lewis, it seemed as if every sports team started an analytics division.  It didn’t matter the sport…baseball, basketball or even soccer.  Whether it…

March 11, 2016
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2-Year Anniversary Of Our Deliverance

By Administrator | October 28, 2006 Approximately two years ago this very minute, the Red Sox beat the St Louis Cardinals 3-0 behind Derek Lowe and Johnny Damon, and the Red Sox swept their way to the franchise’s first World Series championship in 86 years. Lowe threw seven innings of shutout baseball allowing only three hits and a walk. Relievers Bronson Arroyo, Alan Embree and Keith Foulke finished off the…

October 20, 2012
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Error, Beckett Are The Phillies Undoing

Phillies starter Brett Myers was c-r-u-i-s-i-n-g through five innings tonight… having held the Red Sox scoreless on one hit. Then, with one out in the top of the sixth inning, Philly shortstop Jimmy Rollings casually played a grounder to shortstop off the bat of Red Sox shortstop Alex Gonzalez—throwing the ball into the stands behind first base. And then the wheels came off the wagon. The next batter, Sox starting…

October 20, 2012
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All-Star Teams Named; Sox Send 4 To Mid-Summer Classic; Schilling Snubbed By Guillen Not Once But Twice

This evening on ESPN, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Selection Show was broadcast… and we learned that four Red Sox were selected to go to Pittsburgh to represent the American League. The Red Sox will send starting 1B David Ortiz, starting 2B Mark Loretta, starting OF Manny Ramirez, and rookie reliever Jonathan Papelbon… although Ramirez’ status on the team is in doubt due to his knee [The Red Sox…

October 20, 2012
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A Weekend Of Images From Camden Yards

After three days in Baltimore and two games at Camden Yards (I participated in my fantasy baseball auction up until game time on Saturday), I returned home with a plethora of memories and a file full of pictures. I was able to watch the Red Sox entire pre-game stretching and warm-up regimen on Sunday—something we never see here in Boston as the Red Sox conclude their pre-game routine long before…

October 20, 2012
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A Question of Loyalty From Deep Left Field

BOSTON, October 23 It was, of course, an unfair question. The Boston Red Sox and Sen. John Kerry may have simultaneously put this city at the epicenters of professional sports and presidential politics, but Fenway Park in no way compares to the White House – and vice versa. Still, as Yawkey Way ebbed and flowed Saturday with liberals from Massachusetts and beyond, all waiting to see the Red Sox take…

October 20, 2012
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A-Rod’s Private Jet Overshoots Runway… But Plane And All On-Board Are OK

« Tigers Sweep Into World Series | Home | SUPpan SUPerb, Cards Take 2-1 Lead In NLCS With 5-0 Win Over Mets » A-Rod’s Private Jet Overshoots Runway… But Plane And All On-Board Are OK By Administrator | October 14, 2006 A private jet, carrying NY Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and six other people, overran a runway at Bob Hope Airport on Friday. The plane and all passengers were…

October 20, 2012
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‘Primadona’ Church Heading to AAA

I read an article on ESPN.com this morning about Washington Nationals center fielder Ryan Church… and that was the word that popped into my head: primadona. Ryan Church has all of ONE year of major league experience. In that one season he hit .287 with a WHOPPING 9 HR and 42 RBI. And during Spring Training, 2006, Church has overwhelmed the competition by hitting a staggering .200. So when his…

October 20, 2012
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Beckett And Papelbon Shine, Sox Beat Rangers 2-1

Tonight in Texas, Red Sox starting pitchers presented the team with their second masterful game in three outings. And THAT is not even the biggest story to come out of this game. Josh Beckett pitched seven innings… allowing one run on seven hits and a walk to get the victory. But after Mike Timlin pitched a scoreless eighth inning, Manager Terry Francona called upon JONATHAN PAPELBON to close out the…

October 20, 2012
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Barry Bonds Goes O-fer In Court

In San Francisco today, Judge James Warren denied a motion by lawyers representing Barry Bonds to block the authors and publishers of the book, “Game of Shadows”, from making money on their book. The book, written by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, claims Bonds has enhanced his on-the-field performance by using steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. But Judge Warren said that the free speech protections established by the US Constitution…

October 20, 2012
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