Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – May 7th, 2019
Football: Football Perspective writes that The Right Passers Threw It More Often In 2018. Football Perspective examines What Would Happen If Unheralded Quarterbacks Received A Fair Shake. Football Perspective says The SEC And Alabama Once Again Dominated The NFL Draft.
Baseball: Driveline Baseball’s new research blog: Developing more with less: Does efficiency in player development lead to success? FanGraphs finds Shortstops Are Hitting Like Never Before. FiveThirtyEight wonders if Any Of MLB’s Breakout Teams For Real. BeyondTheBoxScore ponders If the ball is juiced (it is), what does that mean? The Hardball Times goes in-depth in Building a Robot Umpire with Deep Learning HD Video Analysis (Part Three). Andrew Kyne on the effectiveness of “infield in” defense. FanGraphs on How Hitters Are Fighting Back Against Rising Strikeouts. Mark Simon names the Defensive Player of the Month for March & April. Simon also looks at what happens when 4-man outfields were used this season. FanGraphs notes April Attendance Was a Mixed Bag for Baseball.
Basketball: FiveThirtyEight on How Mapping Shots In The NBA Changed It Forever.
Hockey: Hockey Graphs believes It’s time to stop talking about analytics. FiveThirtyEight wonders If This Is The Year The St. Louis Blues Stop Disappointing Their Fans.
Soccer: StatsBomb says The Premier League Middle Class is Coming.
Check out these Pythons: Barlow Analytics’ Python package allows you to scrape NBA play by play files from the last four seasons.
Your moment of R: Bill Petti has a Twitter thread on some beta functions in baseballr for working with MLB’s api.
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.