April 7, 2016 01:25:20
Posted By Dr. Stan, the Stats Man
The blog below was written by my research assistant Alex Everett. Alex is a senior math major at Quinnipiac and has been doing Sabermetric research with me for about three years. Our latest research is involved with creating linear formulas for the MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL to predict a team’s winning percentage based on the difference between their runs (points) scored and runs (points) allowed. He will soon graduate and then either work at ESPN or go to graduate school. Alex is a real big Mets fan. If you have never had the opportunity to attend a spring training game and wondered what it was like you will get the answer from Alex’s posting which follows. Alex also gives his MLB predictions at the end. I have the Cubs winning it all, see who Alex picks as the 2016 WS champion.
Spring training is a once in a lifetime experience. It is the only place where one can see Major League Baseball players and the game doesn’t matter. Personally, I have attended Mets spring training every year for the last 6 years (around 40 games total) and I leave with the same experience every time. The experience of spring training is a one on one interaction with players and the ability to get closer to the action of the game than at a regular season game. There is truly no experience like spring training.
This year I was able to attend 2 games, both of which were against the Miami Marlins. During the first game, although it was unbearably hot, I was able to sit in the first row directly next to the Mets dugout. This allowed me to have to opportunity to speak to many of the players as they were walking by along with even taking a picture and having a longer conversation with Wilmer Flores.
NL East – Mets
AL East – Toronto
ALCS – Astros over Blue Jays
- by Alex Everett