Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – March 6th, 2018
Football: Football Perspective on Larry Fitzgerald, Randall Cobb, And Unexpected Aging Curves. With data from the NFL Combine, Football Outsiders publishes Speed Score 2018.
Baseball: FiveThirtyEight X-Rayed Some MLB Baseballs. Here’s What They Found.. FanGraphs writes So You Want to Have a Good Bullpen. The Hardball Times on The Physics and Timing of the Infield Bounce Throw. Did FanGraphs find The Next Big Thing in Defense? Baseball Prospectus Feature: The Draft Value Calculator. FanGraphs finds A Side Effect of the Super-Team Era.
Basketball: Nylon Calculus asks Nylon Calculus: Who is the best LeBron-stopper in the NBA? Mathletics looks at the math behind Why the Standard Deviation of NBA scores is about point spread 12 points. Nylon Calculus examines height and defensive matchups. NBA Math’s Coach Spins’ Clipboard: Defensive Stats, Curry-Durant Ball Screens, Wizards Without Wall and More. FiveThirtyEight tries to answer Which NBA Team Is Wronged By The Refs The Most? The 94 Feet Report on Why Using Raw Ratings is Flawed. Kostas Pelechrinis’ blog post: Bayesian “adjustment” of lineup efficiency ratings.
College Basketball: Fancy Stats says These small-conference teams are primed to pull NCAA tournament upsets – if they get in.
Soccer: American Soccer Analysis looks at Roster Consistency in MLS: How much does it actually matter? American Soccer Analysis Evaluates the MLS International Signings.
Lacrosse: Moneyball Lacrosse piece on Penn Flipping Picks.
Golf: Golfweek article: By the numbers: Analytics become an increasingly important part of golf.
Tennis: Heavy Topspin’s ATP Streaks of 2017.
Your moment of R: Bill Petti’s baseballr’s ncaa_scrape() function has been updated, you can now pull 2018 individual player statistics. Kris Eberwein post on Parallel Processing Baseball Data with R and mlbgameday. FC rStats Tutorial: Finding The Next Marek Hamšík with R.
Conferences: March 9th through 11th is the SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix.