Texas vs Seattle 60 Yankees vs Detroit 59 Colorado vs San Francisco 58 Minnesota vs Kansas City 56 St Louis vs Pittsburgh 55 Atlanta vs Mets 55 Tampa Bay vs Baltimore 48 Miami vs Angels 47 Boston vs Toronto 46 Cleveland vs White Sox 46 Milwaukee vs San Diego 45 Oakland vs Houston 45 Washington vs Philadelphia 44 Dodgers vs Arizona 44 Cubs vs Cincinnati 43This is the BETA version of a method of rating games for their potential to provide entertaining baseball. The formula is still in development, but is refined enough at the moment that it can guide you towards games where the batters will get on base and hit for power, the fielders cover ground and throw well and the pitchers induce the batter to swing. Games are rated on the 20-80 scale, with 50 being an average score.
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
26 August 2014: Potentially Entertaining Game Scores
Today's top pitching match-up is in Philadelphia, between Gio Gonzalez and Cole Hamels. Despite this fact, the game itself is deemed as potentially not very entertaining at all. Why is this? Three factors are involved. The first is that as the Nationals are very likely to make the playoffs and the Phillies are improbable playoff contenders, the game carries little weight in terms of playoff value. A Nationals loss isn't going to hurt their chances all that much, and a Phillies win isn't going to put them in the running for a spot. Secondly, the Phillies bullpen isn't particularly watchable, largely because of a dreadful Left-on-Base percentage. Thirdly, Philles hitters lack power and don't run the bases very well. Basically, the Phillies are dragging down the game's value. So there. Also, I noticed that Detroit now has sneaked ahead of Kansas City in playoff probability. Meanwhile, Yankee fans should take note that their playoff odds are actually worse than those of Cincinnati. That should put things into context.