- - http://www.sportstalkflorida.com -

Harvard Study Shows Baseball Postseason As “More Random”

WS Trophy [1]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 [2].

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.

Source: Ted Berg, USA Today Sports, [3] Julian Ryan and Barrett Hanson, Harvard Sports Analysis [2]