Harvard Study Shows Baseball Postseason As “More Random”
A new study from the Harvard Sports Analysts Collective examines the frequency with which pro sports’ best regular-season teams win the championship in an effort to determine which sport has the most fair playoffs system.
Baseball is dominated by randomness. Its uniquely long regular season typically ensures that no bad team enjoys a run of good luck to reach the playoffs, but it emphasizes the extent to which a large sample of games is necessary to determine the best team. Seven just aren’t nearly enough: A postseason series determines which team played better over the course of that series (usually), not which team is better.