Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – May 8th, 2018
Football: Football Perspective analyzes The 2018 NFL Draft, Value By Position and Wide Receivers And the NFL Draft, 1967-2018. Football Outsiders finds Fewer Practices Does Not Mean More Injuries. FiveThirtyEight looks at how Age Played A Bigger Role In The NFL Draft. Football Perspective’s breakdown of 2018 Draft Value By College and Conference.
College Football: Football Study Hall examines Why are there disparities in recruiting regions?
Baseball: FanGraphs writes Launch Angle Isn’t for Everyone. The Hardball Times Explores MLB Umpires’ Strike Zones. Baseball Prospectus’ Cold Takes: Failure Concentrate. FanGraphs says You Can’t Blame Tanking for the Lack of Competitive Teams. Fancy Stats writes that MLB batters are recording more strikeouts than hits. That’s a big problem that’s unlikely to soon change. FanGraphs finds The Astros Aren’t the Only Team Whose Pitchers Are Adding Spin. The Hardball Times has an article Explaining the 2017 MLB Home Run Record with Quality of Pitch. Bill James continues his series with looking at the best players by position with Moving on to Left Field. Mark Simon announces April’s top defender. Alexis Brudnicki writes about her Time at MLB Scout School. Charlie Young adds functionality to his college baseball database. Article on Dan Haren’s Behind-the-scenes role as Diamondbacks pitching strategist.
Basketball: Nylon Calculus ponders Nylon Calculus: Why is shot selection so important?
Soccer: American Soccer Analysis on What to Expect When You’re Expecting Goals. American Soccer Analysis’ MLS PScore Update: The most proactive and reactive teams in 2018.
Tennis: FiveThirtyEight says Somehow Rafael Nadal Got Better On Clay.
Your moment of R: BaseballWithR offers code to analyze Exit Velocity & Launch Angle: Count and Location Effects.
Conferences: The Fields Sports Analytics Workshop May 24th and 25th in Toronto.