NJIT Professor Bruce Bukiet – Baseball’s Chief Geek – uses applied mathematics to compute the best teams of the season in the AL and NL each year. Bukiet is a Mets fan – nobody’s perfect – and you can see how well he did with his predictions for 2012 in this video.
And while we’re talking Geek… Numb3rs had a show in 2005 that’s still one of my favorites. It had Bill Nye pitching a disastrous curve ball to Larry, as well as a steroid-detecting statistical program developed by Oswald Kittner. With that program, the fictional Oswald could tell when a player was headed for troubles. How nice would that have been this year?