Sunday, April 22, 2007

Yankees Fans and Mathematicians

Yeah I know, I know, the Yanks lost yesterday and the day before... but....

A mathematician has created a model which predicts that the Yankees will dominate this year.

The projection comes from a model that Bruce Bukiet of the New Jersey Institute of Technology developed and has used and updated for the past six years to predict how many games each team will win during the 162-game season.

The article about Bukiet says that so far, Bukiet is on track. The Yankees won their season opener against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Major League Baseball is divided into the National League and the American League. Each league comprises three divisions. The winners of each division (the team with the best record) and one wildcard team play in each league’s playoffs to determine who will face off in the World Series. Here are Bukiet’s predictions for this year’s division winners:

AL East: New York Yankees
AL Central: Cleveland Indians
AL West: Los Angeles Angels
AL wildcard: either the Boston Red Sox, the Toronto Blue Jays or the Minnesota Twins
NL East: New York Mets
NL Central: close race between the Houston Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals
NL West: San Diego Padres
NL wildcard: Philadelphia Phillies

Mathemeticians.. Baseball Psychics.. who knows.. I just enjoy the game and I love the Yankees.

Update: Jennifer at Diary of 1 blogged about a contest in conjunction with TeamMASCOT - so please go check out the cool team gear that you can get over at