Major League Baseball Score Predictor

In any sport, which team wins is a factor of a number of quantifiable factors. In baseball, is it runs scored versus runs given up or ERA versus OPS? Try the quick and dirty score predictor below -- plug in the numbers for any game to see the score. You'll be surprised at how close the prediction can be. Basketball, Hockey, and Football coming soon. Is there a mid-season correspondence with the final standings? -- check back and see who will win the 2014 MLB season!

Plug-and-play Game Predictor

A sample set of statistics from a May 31 San Diego Padres home game versus the Toronto Blue Jays is shown, with Jason Marquis (ERA = 3.70) the Padres pitcher and Chad Jenkins (ERA = 3.60) the Jays pitcher. The prediction was 4-3 to Toronto. The actual score was 4-3 to San Diego in 17 innings.

Home Visitor
Starting pitcher ERA Starting pitcher ERA
Team ERA Team ERA
Winning pct Winning pct
OPS OPS
Wins in last 10 games Wins in last 10 games


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Of course, if I could predict the future I would be be doing Carnac the Magnificent bits for Dave and Jay. But, this is a simple example of predictive modelling (and inputting data using javascript in an HTML page).

Do The Math!

To see a correlation of sports statistics in MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA, English Premier and La Ligua soccer, see chapter 6 in Do The Math! Do The Math! is available in paperback and Kindle versions from the publisher Sage Publications, on-line at Amazon.com, and at local book stores. Do The Math (in 100 seconds) videos are on You Tube.


About the author

John K. White received a B.Sc. in Applied Physics from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and a Ph.D. from University College Dublin, Ireland.

He has worked around the world as a physicist, lecturer, project manager, and computational analyst over a 25-year career. He has worked as a project manager and technical writer for Sun Microsystems, The Netherlands Organization, and Berminghammer Foundation Equipment, consultant for Interactive Image Technologies, ScotiaBank, and the Ontario Government, and as a lecturer and research fellow at University College Dublin, and has analyzed game playing strategies, from professional sports teams to the stock market as well as many other thought provoking systems.

He is also active in promoting physics and numeracy in schools, and has published widely in academic journals, contributed chapters to edited volumes, and authored numerous technical publications. Born in Dublin, Ireland, he grew up in Toronto, Canada, and now lives and works in Dublin.


Do the Math! On Growth, Greed, and Strategic Thinking

John K. White
Softcover, 350 pages, Sage Publications (2013)

Better numeracy, Do-it-yourself analysis, Social inclusiveness, Foster critical and strategic thinking, Uncomplicated mathematical discussion

Our world has become more complicated, and the notion of growth at any cost has led to constant economic uncertainty, a permanently stressed-out workforce, and everyday stories of government and corporate abuse. John K. White argues that a better knowledge of basic systems is needed to understand the world we live in, from pyramid scams to government bailouts, from sports leagues to stock markets, from the everyday to the seemingly complex.



   John K White