Football: The Extra Point blog dives into Probability models for the new 14-team playoff system. Football Outsiders’ Aaron Schatz with Playmaker Score 2020 (ESPN+ Version) and BackCAST 2020 (ESPN+ Version). Football Perspective: Andre Reed, Pro Bowls, and the AFC/NFC Receiver Disparity. Football Outsiders’ 2019 Offensive Line Continuity Scores and QBASE 2020. The SIS blog’s Nate Weller Evaluates Draft Prospects Using Predicted Completion Percentage.
Baseball: Sarah Bailey’s paper on The Prediction of Batting Averages in Major League Baseball. Baseball Savant Tutorial #1: The Search Function. Tom Tango on Splitting responsibility between pitchers and fielders. FanGraphs’ In-Progress Farm System Rankings Are Now On The Board. Bill James continues his series of posts with The Big Item on Our Agenda, Keeping the Game Under Control, Pause, Normal and Edging Forward. Rich Lederer’s Summaries and Excerpts from ALL Bill James Abstracts. Baseball Prospectus Baseball ProGUESTus: The Game of Fouls. Mark Simon names the best defender of the 21st century for each NL team. Alex Vidgerman examines Who’s best/worst at going left and right.
Soccer: Devin Pleuler’s Soccer Analytics Handbook. Pranav Nagarajan’s “Flank Attacks Visualization” Using StatsBomb Open Data. StatsBomb’s Introduction to Analytics Course is Now Available. @thecomeonman Introduces xPo: a way to evaluate the value of various attacking actions. Tifo Football video on the 10 Football Stats People Use Wrong. Check out Friends of Tracking series of videos on getting started with soccer analytics in R and Python.
Tennis: Jeff Kavanaugh of Infosys Tennis: Democratizing Access to Data—Even at Pro Levels—Is Important.
Olympics: Neil Paine writes that The Olympics Timeline Has Been Cruel To Simone Biles.
Your Moment of R: BaseballWithR on What Do You Learn from 45 Home Runs.
Conferences: The Sounders FC 2020 Sports Science Virtual Seminar will be held on Wednesdays April 15, 22 and 29.