Adventures in Advanced Baseball Statistics, Part 8: Pythagorean Expectation

Eureka! No wait, that wasn’t Pythagoras, was it? Oh well. This entry has little to do with Ancient Greek Philosophers anyway, despite what the name of the post may have led you to expect (see what I did there?).

The Pythagorean Expectation is a calculation of how many games a baseball team should have won based on the number of runs it scored and the number of runs it allowed. This statistic is basically a measure of how lucky a team is, but it has also been used by those who want to prove that Runs are an important statistic to look at when evaluating players.

This statistic is one of the few sabermetric tools used in sports other than baseball. And so, in the spirit of Trivia Tuesdays, I will leave you with a question. What is the other sport that uses the Pythagorean Expectation?

a) Cricket
b) Football
c) Basketball
d) Gymnastics
e) all of the above


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