Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – April 18th, 2017
Football: Football Perspective looks at Draft Capital Spent On QBs Since 2009. Football Perspective finds Games Are Closer Than Ever Now.
College Football: Football Study Hall Breaking News: Advanced stats say Joe Mixon and Curtis Samuel were really good in college.
Baseball: FanGraphs with Very Early Batted-Ball Trends: A Revolution in Increments?. Although it’s early, John Dewan reports that shifts are up. Tom Tango wonders What is the ideal launch angle for every batter? The Hardball Times on Scouting the Minors Pitch by Pitch: Projecting Infield Defense. FiveThirtyEight asks Do MLB Teams Undervalue Defense — Or Just Value It Differently? FanGraphs examines What Happens the Game After a Marathon Extra-Inning Game. Tom Tango’s Statcast Lab: Introducing Sprint Speed. FiveThirtyEight believes The Save Ruined Relief Pitching. The Goose Egg Can Fix It. The Hardball Times finds A Humidor at Chase Field: What’s Up With That?
Basketball: Nylon Calculus maps the hotspots for every playoff team. FiveThirtyEight lists The NBA Players Who Are Too Busy Complaining To Get Back On D. Nylon Calculus goes in depth on Golden State and league-adjusted statistics. According to the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective, in the NBA Playoffs: Yes, Regular Season Matchups Matter.
Hockey: Hockey Graphs Behind the Numbers: Scientific Progress and Diminishing Returns in Hockey Statistics.
Soccer: StatsBomb explores the ideal length of passing motifs. American Soccer Analysis shares The 22 Stats that Explain the MLS Season so far.
Your Moment of R: BaseballWithR gives code on Modeling Swing Rates.