Today the Cubs play the Rockies in the NL Wild Card crap shoot game. Rockies had to fly in from west coast. Both teams lost their tie breaker. Let’s handicap this game.
Playoff Horse Race
Today we’re only interested in the two teams playing. The above table format summarizes value for each team in each category according to this data model. Pitchers are the sum of Starters and Relief, Total value is the sum of Pitchers and Hitters.
The above shows two fairly equal teams. Cubs have better starters and slightly better relief but all that matters tonight is who starts. Let’s hear from the people.
DATE 10_02_8:05_PM COL CHN
LINEAWAY COL [ 0.452 ] < 0.444 > +125 $225
STARTAWAY 6.09(0.635) Kyle_Freeland_COL TIER 1
LINEHOME CHN [ 0.558 ] < 0.574 > -135 $174
STARTHOME 3.19(0.579) Jon_Lester_CHN TIER 2
DELTAWAA 8 WINPCT 0.565 CHN
COL Lineup 1 ==> CHN Starter 2 / Relief 2 == 0.541 COL 4.59 runs
CHN Lineup 2 ==> COL Starter 1 / Relief 3 == 0.459 CHN 4.18 runs
TeamID TC dWAA
COL 122 98
CHN 80 98
Kyle Freeland is a top top tier 1 pitcher. Colorado had a better lineup (according to yesterday) but the Cubs have better relief. There is an issue with relief. The above is based upon most of the league having expanded rosters but playoff rosters are back to 25. It is unclear how this affects simulations because they’re based on deltas between two teams, not hard boundaries. I may have to take an end of August snapshot of 25 man rosters and use that for these playoffs. Most likely/hopefully it has a negligible effect so KISS rule applies.
Since TC simulations have Colorado favored and the lines are the opposite, the Expected Value for TC simulations is $122 on a $100 bet making COL a betting opportunity. deltaWAA does not apply to playoff season.
Home field advantage does however as well as other issues that we know that can’t be modeled mathematically. How much will jet lag affect Colorado’s lineup? And that they had to make long flights two days in a row. Kyle Freeland is also pitching on 3 days rest. That can’t be modeled mathematically either. Home field advantage historically is 54% home,, 46% away not knowing anything about the two teams playing.
All of these unknown factors will push what we think the probabilities should be for this game towards the Cubs which lowers EV for Colorado. How much? Don’t know. Probably put it well under 120 however.
Don’t have current lineups yet so we’ll skip that for now. AL Wild Card tomorrow and if the Cubs lose then …. maybe take a break. Until then ….
Update 10/2/2018 5:34 CST: We now have lineups so you can see the disparity in hitting tonight.
Definitely top of MLB Tier 1 lineup but only fifth among the 10 remaining teams. There are so many top 100 and 200 hitters in their lineup I’ll skip coloring them.
This is a solid Tier 2 lineup. The Tier 1/2 border is +15.29. This is the weakest lineup of all 10 teams in post season. Playoff season brings out the best. We’ll see how this plays out tonight.