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The Impact of Pitches Seen on Offensive Production

By Max Blane and Borna Nazari • 24 Jan 2019 • 6 min read
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Due to the effects of a major knee surgery suffered during a September 2016 matchup vs. the Toronto Blue Jays, and a reinjury that was followed by a second surgery in April of 2017, the 2018 season came and went with Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia compiling thirteen total plate appearances; he accumulated just a single hit.

Constructing My All-Time NBA Lineup Through K-Means Clustering, Part 2

By Nikhil Sharma • 15 Jan 2019 • 6 min read
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A few months ago, I wrote an article where I used k-means clustering to help choose five NBA players from 1980 to the present to constitute an all-time starting lineup.

Relievers in Today's MLB

By Alex Veroulis • 05 Dec 2018 • 6 min read
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In Major League Baseball (MLB), a reliever is defined as any pitcher who is substituted for a starting pitcher to help finish a game. Ideally, even as of a few years ago, relievers were meant to be brought in after the starter had pitched at least 6 or more innings. However, as the game has evolved, relievers have expanded their respective roles. For instance, teams like the Tampa Bay Rays have implemented relievers in a starting role, where the relievers are known as "openers." Starters, who used to go much deeper in the game, are being pulled in the 5th inning--sometimes earlier--more often than ever. After all, starters are limited to a certain number of pitches, meaning that you'll rarely see pitchers venture into triple-digit pitch counts to prevent injuries that may require Tommy John surgery. Consequently, relievers are being used more often and for longer periods of time. But, the volatility amongst MLB relievers hasn't gone away, which means consistency might be hard to find in a reliever. This variability brings about an important question for MLB front offices: is it worth paying extra for free agent relievers in today's game? Through an examination of past and present player salaries and performance, I will try to see whether inflated salaries for relievers are really worth it.

Russell Westbrook: Point Guard or Shooting Guard?

By Jack Ma and Nikhil Sharma • 05 Dec 2018 • 11 min read
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Russell Westbrook has become one of the NBA's top players in the past decade. He has been a marvel to watch, as his thrilling athleticism has allowed him to churn out highlight after highlight. On top of his exhilarating play-style, he has become a fan favorite due to his curt interviews and his redemptive MVP season after Kevin Durant so infamously snaked Russ and the Thunder.

How Effective is a Possession-Based Play Style in the UEFA Champions League?

By Faraz Murshed • 05 Dec 2018 • 6 min read
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In soccer, there is no club competition that rivals the prestige and history of the UEFA Champions League (UCL). Each year, the highest ranked teams from all European leagues automatically qualify or enter the preliminary stages of this tournament. In the end, 32 teams participate in a grueling group stage, where every team plays each other twice. The top two teams from all 8 groups make the first knockout stage. Each knockout matchup has two games, other than the final which has one. As a result, the UCL format generally ensures that the team who wins must consistently play well.

Defense in the Modern NFL (or Lack Thereof)

By Arman Abrishamchian • 04 Dec 2018 • 5 min read
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The Ray Lewis Ravens, '85 Bears, and Belichick Giants are some of the greatest defenses the National Football League has ever seen. They were stone walls, high-powered, and champions. Scoring more than ten points against any of these teams was an accomplishment- a win in and of itself. However, scoring less than twenty against any team nowadays is almost always another notch in the loss column.

Can Summer Ball Indicate Professional Success?

By Haley Rao • 04 Dec 2018 • 4 min read
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Every summer, hundreds of college baseball players participate in summer leagues around the country. One of the most acclaimed of these leagues is the Cape Cod Baseball League, which consists of 10 teams across the Cape Cod peninsula. Collegiate summer leagues have support from both Major League Baseball and the NCAA, and are intended to help advance players from the collegiate to professional level.

Keys to Success for the Young Lakers Core

By Justin Yee • 03 Dec 2018 • 6 min read
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With Lebron coming to Los Angeles, the expectations surrounding the Lakers havent't been this high since the Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, and Steve Nash team-up. After missing the playoffs for blank consecutive years, the Lakers look to make a playoff run and possibly contend for a championship title with the addition of the NBA's most prominent star. In addition to Lebron James, the Lakers added notable veterans such as Rajon Rondo, Javale McGee, and Lance Stephenson. However, the Lakers remain at their core a very young team, with blossoming players with high potentials.

Do Summary Statistics Really Mean Anything in Tennis?

By Gautham Pasupathy • 01 Dec 2018 • 5 min read
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Four times a year, the entire tennis community gathers to witness one of the most spectacular events: The Grand Slams. Fans young and old crowd around laptops and televisions, host watch parties with friends, and some even witness the magic in person if lucky enough. From watching new upcomers like Denis Shapovalov and Borna Coric, to legends such as Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, each match is always fun to watch. Of course, just like with every other sport, debating and betting about who will win each match in casual settings as well as in fantasy draws is a crucial part of the entire experience.

Constructing My All-Time NBA Lineup Through K-Means Clustering

By Nikhil Sharma • 30 Nov 2018 • 15 min read
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It's a debate that pervades all cultures, ages and creeds. From every barbershop to lunch table in the world, the question rings: what is your best all-time starting five? Who can construct the best lineup to put on the hardwood using any player from any time?

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