The Numbers Game

Predicting the Future with Sabermetrics – Numbers Game 90

Episode 90 (February 8th, 2017): The ninetieth episode of The Numbers Game (@NumbersGamePod), a sports analytics RotoViz Radio podcast.

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Host: Nick Giffen (@RotoDoc) Editor at RotoViz, Top-Five NASCAR DFS player, and Math Ph.D

Host: Josh Hermsmeyer (@friscojosh) Contributor at RotoViz


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HOST DISCUSSIONS: Falcons Collapse, Pythagorean Expectation, Target Depth

Nick and Josh talk about the wild finish to Super Bowl LI and whether that was a Patriots comeback or a Falcons collapse. They then talk about Pythagorean Expectation, specifically around first-order, second-order, and third-order wins and what that means for predicting future team quality. They then identify which teams they think will regress both upward and downward based off wins over expectation. Finally, they talk about some work Josh has been doing around depth of target and what it means for expected value.


Our theme music is by Black Ant.

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