Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – May 28th, 2019

Football: Football Perspective examines whether Winning In Close Games Is Sustainable. Adam Steele looks at The Surprising Utility of QB Touchdown Stats. Football Perspective’s Implied SRS Ratings For the NFL in 2019: Every Game.

Baseball: FiveThirtyEight’s Travis Sawchik finds MLB Curves And Sliders Have Gotten Alarmingly Nasty. FanGraphs with Memorial Day as a Natural Checkpoint and A Further Discussion on the Memorial Day Checkpoint. Neil Paine at FiveThirtyEight wonders Where Have All The Crafty Pitchers Gone? BeyondTheBoxScore says The Astros have built something that we’ve rarely seen before. FanGraphs tries to identify a Multi-Inning Reliever. Andrew Kyne checks out the rise of minor league defensive shifts. The Hardball Times with What’s in the Infield Skin?

Basketball: ESPN’s Kevin Pelton and Baxter Holmes on the anatomy of an NBA comeback and its increasing frequency. Justin Jacobs’ Transitioning Turnovers: Case Study of Golden State and Toronto. FiveThirtyEight points out The WNBA Is Uniquely Suited To Survive Its Many Star Absences. Cole Zwicker’s 2019 Guard Class Pull-Up Shot Versatility, Functionality & Gravity.

Soccer: StatsBomb on the Data Revolution in Women’s Football. NY Times piece on How Data (and Some Breathtaking Soccer) Brought Liverpool to the Cusp of Glory. EightyFivePoints measures the relation between value and salary in the EPL. StatsBomb’s Coding Up History: The Man Utd 1999 Project.

Hockey: Michael Shuckers’ slides from his talk on Data Analysis and the NHL Entry Draft. FiveThirtyEight discusses whether Tuukka Rask Can Sustain His MVP-Caliber Postseason.

Check out these Pythons: Py_ball’s WNBA shotcharts are here! Check out the code in this repo and learn how to make your own.

Conferences: StatsBomb’s Introduction to Analytics for Professional Football is offered June 1st in New York and Coaching and Analyzing Set Pieces is offered June 2nd. The same two classes are available June 10 and 11 in London.

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