Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sunday Morning

What a nice relaxing Memorial Day weekend so far. I'm in one of my most favorite places right now. Sunday morning + Coffee + Sunny Ohio Morning = Good. Attaching one point to each of those things gives me a 3 for 3. I've been bringing up some numbers here recently like that. I've looked at major sports championships and observed how leagues like familiar franchises and teams. I heard one guy the Sports Reporters (ESPN) this morning state that the NBA is so un-predictable at the start of any season. The next commercial break showed a promotional for the finals in which the mentioned that The Lakers and Celtics have won "Over half off all NBA Championships". Funny. I'm actually surprised the promo brought it up. By the way, same two teams in the Finals this year.

My observations are really just taking things one step farther then just saying "man, it seems like the same teams win it all every year". A remedial statistical look is what I'll call it. If you want more on more advanced deep dives then head on over to Beyond the Box Score. I found those guys after proclaiming in my head that "The Steroid Era in Major League Baseball is Over!" because of another perfect game last night. The second in less then a month. There have only been 20 in MLB history.

I'll take this from Wiki:

"Over the 135 years of Major League Baseball history, there have been only 20 official perfect games by the current definition. For comparison, more people have orbited the moon than have pitched a Major League Baseball perfect game. No pitcher has ever thrown more than one. The perfect game thrown by Don Larsen in game 5 of the 1956 World Series is the only postseason no-hitter in major league history. The first two major league perfect games, and the only two of the premodern era, were thrown in 1880, five days apart. The two most recent perfect games were thrown May 9 and May 29, 2010, just 20 days apart. By contrast, there have been spans of 23 and 33 consecutive seasons in which not a single perfect game was thrown."

Baseball is coming back to earth. The USA Today also reported this week that Earned Run Averages are historically low this year. I would expect this to continue for sometime, probably equaling the length of the steroid era. How long was that era? Statistics will tell use when low ERAs creep back up.

Next up on the Remedial Statistical Larry Level Analysis Series of Blog Posts That Take Obvious Observations Just One Step Farther...

The World Cup.

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