Win Expectancy in Games 1-8 of the 2018 World Chess Championship

The World Chess Championship has been underway since November 9th. World No. 1 player, Magnus Carlsen, is up against World No. 2 player, Fabiano Caruana. Having the top two players in the world vying for the title is excellent, and actually significantly rarer than I... [Read More]
Tags: Chess, Win expectancy, R

Reviewing My 2018 Predictions

A quick review of how I fared with my preseason picks for the playoff teams, pennant winners, World Series champion, and major award winners. [Read More]
Tags: Predictions, Awards, Playoffs, World Series

IBWAA MLB Season Awards for 2018

The awards for the 2018 season were announced over the course of last week. The awards are voted on by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA). The Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA), of which I am still a member despite... [Read More]
Tags: Awards, IBWAA, BBWAA, Cy Young, MVP, Rookie of the Year

A Joe Kelly Update

Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly is a hero in Boston these days because he did a dumb thing. Don’t get me wrong, he deserves recognition, just not because he threw at a Yankee, beckoned him to a fight, and got suspended. Rather, he deserves recognition... [Read More]
Tags: BP Boston, Pitching, K%, Relievers

Baseball has an Activity Problem, Not a Pace Problem

Another month of baseball is almost in the books and I find myself re-annoyed with the increased attention to baseball’s pace of play problem and all the calls for major league baseball to do something about it. Perhaps it stems from years of being one... [Read More]
Tags: Pace of play, Hits, Strikeouts, Perception of activity

Predicting the 2018 Season

Opening Day in the MLB is tomorrow! Finally! As is the case every year, I am very excited that another season of major league baseball is upon us. With the season ready to start, it is time for some annual fun: predicting the playoff teams... [Read More]
Tags: Predictions, Awards, Playoffs, World Series

One GOAT Throws to Another

I primarily use the Twitter Like button as a bookmarking tool for interesting-seeming articles. Recently, I had some time to go through a bunch of the tweets I liked and read the corresponding articles. These included great pieces from The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh on baseball’s... [Read More]
Tags: Twitter, Tom Brady, Pedro Martinez, Batting Practice, GOAT

My Hall Thoughts and Ballot

The 2018 Major League Baseball Hall of Fame inductees will be announced tomorrow night (January 24th). I suspect it will be a relatively large class, with at least four players gaining enshrinement. Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, and Trevor Hoffman seem like locks, while... [Read More]
Tags: Awards, IBWAA, BBWAA, Hall of Fame


I launched an Apps page that has information and links to Shiny Apps I have developed. At the time of this post, there are two apps on the page: [Read More]
Tags: R, Shiny