30 Sep

The Cubs Start Is Even More Dominant Than It Seems

The Cubs are the best (through 24 games) YEARTEAMRUN DIFFERENTIALSCALED RUN DIFFERENTIALWON LEAGUEWON WS 2012St. Louis Cardinals+65+2.67 2003New York Yankees+85+3.42√ 2016Chicago Cubs+83+3.50—— 1962San Francisco Giants+74+2.89√ Source: Baseball PRospectus 1993Detroit Tigers+69+2.84 To put it in perspective, the distance between the Cubs’ run differential and that of the second-best team (the Washington Nationals) is the same as the difference between the Nationals and the 20th-ranked Oakland A’s. Not only is Chicago scoring the most runs in baseball, it’s also tied for allowing the fewest. And as if that wasn’t enough, the Cubs boast the best base running of any team as well.This Cubs squad wasn’t always an unstoppable force. According to our Elo ratings, which measure the quality of a team at any given point in time, the club Theo Epstein inherited bottomed out around the end of the 2012 season, when their 1439 rating left them ranked second-to-last in the majors — ahead of only the tanking Houston Astros. But in the 521 games since,3Including the playoffs. the Cubs have gained 120 points of Elo rating, a level of sustained increase exceedingly rare in MLB history. For every thousand similar stretches, we’d expect to see a 120-point Elo increase only about two or three times.4It’s difficult to determine the exact probability because there are so many possible 521-game stretches, but we can estimate it by looking at a sample of 1,000 such sets.In only three years, the Cubs have risen from one of the worst teams in baseball to achieve an unprecedented degree of dominance. But there’s no pennant for the best Elo rating, no trophy for the highest run differential. And it might take playing at this level all season to overcome the most stunning streak of postseason futility in professional sports and win a championship for the first time in 107 years.Check out our latest MLB predictions. 1984Detroit Tigers+71+3.08√√ The Chicago Cubs have started the 2016 season on a roll, amassing a 19-6 record — with one of the wins coming via a no-hitter — and outscoring opponents by an average of 3.6 runs per game. Tabbed in spring training as a potential 100-game winner by nearly every projection algorithm, the Cubs are somehow exceeding even those lofty expectations. Now the benchmark is quickly shifting to whether they can become one of the best teams in baseball history.By run differential, the Cubs’ start ties for fourth-best in MLB’s modern era (going back to 1900). But that fun fact doesn’t quite do their dominance justice, because MLB is also currently in an epoch of incredible parity, with the spread of talent between teams smaller than it’s ever been. If you adjust for how bunched-up team run differentials have become in recent years,1I did this by calculating the standard deviation in run differential at game 24 of each season, and smoothing the trend over time using local regression. the Cubs are off to the strongest 24-game start since at least 1950.2Which is as far back as Baseball Prospectus has data. 1974Los Angeles Dodgers+71+2.95√ 1955Brooklyn Dodgers+69+2.54√√ 2010Tampa Bay Rays+66+2.69 2002Boston Red Sox+65+2.61 read more

30 Sep

Steelers Extend Coach Mike Tomlins Contract For 3 Years

Mike Tomlin became the youngest coach in NFL history to win the Super Bowl  when he directed the Pittsburgh Steelers to the title in 2009 – and the second black coach to sit atop the league after Tony Dungy.He has exhibited beautiful leadership his entire tenure, balancing of discipline and freedom with his players, who respect and like him.At 40 and entering the final year of his contract, the Steelers showed they did not want Tomlin feeling any insecurity about his job status. And so, they signed him to a three-year extension Tuesday.Terms of the deal were not released, but Forbes magazine had Tomilin listed as the sixth-highest paid coach in the NFL entering the season.“I am excited that I will continue to be the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers for years to come,” Tomlin said in a statement. “I am grateful to the Steelers organization for the opportunity I have been given over the past five years to work and live in this great city, and I am excited to continue to work to bring another championship to the Steelers and the city of Pittsburgh.”The extension displays the team’s total confidence in Tomlin’s leadership prowess. He skillfully managed the team when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went through rape allegations that could have infected the team.When injuries beset the team, they followed Tomlin’s poised leadership and held it together.He has led Pittsburgh to the playoffs four times in his first five seasons, including two trips to the Super Bowl.“We are pleased to announce that Mike Tomlin will remain with the Steelers for at least five more years,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said. “Mike is one of the top head coaches in the National Football League and we are thrilled he will continue to lead our team as we pursue another Super Bowl title.” read more

17 Sep

Gattuso believes Torino stalemate was a fair result

first_imgGennaro Gattuso has given his verdict on the barren draw with Torino claiming it was not a missed opportunity citing the growth of the team.Milan’s shot-stopper Donnarumma pulled two great saves in the first half, however, Gattuso’s men were not clinical in front of goal after the break.A win would have kept them in a firm position for the top four race in the Serie A, but instead are only one point clear of Lazio.“I don’t consider it a missed opportunity, as we were well aware that Torino are a difficult team, were unbeaten on their travels,” the Coach told Football Italia.“We struggled a little for 15-20 minutes, but then played the game we needed to. Torino have a lot of quality and it’s a good point. I don’t see it as a bad performance at all. I am sure that a year ago, we would’ve lost this game.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“At this moment, the team is giving its all, we have a lot of players out injured and I think we’re doing well in the circumstances.“Higuain is a little below par because he still has this back problem, he’s playing through the pain and we need to wait for him to get better. He struggles to train consistently and this is penalising him.“I have to make do with what I’ve got. We have injuries, there are problems with UEFA, but all that is not my business. I can’t sit here complaining about things I can’t control. I just have to get the current players to deliver at the best of their abilities.“I’ve been a player and know how it feels when you hear the Coach talking about the transfer market or other players who can come in. I don’t want to disrespect them by standing here discussing transfers, that is for the directors to do.”last_img read more

13 Sep

OEA Grant to Help New Mexicos Defense Communities Diversify Economies

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR New Mexico has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) to diversify the economies in communities surrounding the state’s military bases, national laboratories and other federal facilities.This defense industry adjustment grant will be used to identify strengths and weaknesses in the workforce, technology and products, along with resources that can be used to develop strategies to help communities adjust to cutbacks in defense spending, according to the state Economic Development Department.“New Mexico is proud of our military bases and national labs,” said Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela. “Yet in the face of persistent challenges from the federal government, we must continue to diversify our economy in communities throughout the state. This funding, along with meetings in affected areas, will help us better support communities in improving their resilience to federal cutbacks.”The department will host a series of community meetings next month in affected areas to bring stakeholders together and share information regarding defense contractors and subcontractors, related services and goods providers, and other businesses and organizations that may be affected by defense cutbacks. The state also will launch a web portal to share information among affected communities.last_img read more