NJIT professor projects 2011 Major League Baseball winners using math

April 2nd, 2011 - 6:10 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Apr 2 (ANI): NJIT’s baseball guru Bruce Bukiet has predicted that the 2011 Major League Baseball winners would be Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants, while the Atlanta Braves will take the wild card slot in the National League (NL).

For over a decade, Bukiet, an associate professor and associate dean, has applied mathematical analysis to compute winning games for each Major League Baseball Team.

This year, he said that in the American League (AL), the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox should tie for first place in the East, with both making the playoffs, while the Detroit Tigers will edge out the Minnesota Twins in the Central Division and the Texas Rangers will repeat as winners in the West. His predictions aim to promote the power of math. He wants young people to see how math can be fun, how it can clarify issues and how it might make a great college major.

Bukiet bases his predictions on a mathematical model he developed in 2000.

In the NL East, the race for first place should be tight with the Phillies repeating as division champions, winning 92 games and the Braves just two games behind at 90, with both teams making the playoffs. In the Central Division, the St. Louis Cardinals appear poised to tie the Phillies for the best record in the NL, beating the Cincinnati Reds, the 2010 Central Division winners by 6 games. In the West, the World Series winners, the San Francisco Giants, should repeat as champs with 89 wins, with the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers just 2 and 3 games back, respectively.

The Yankees and Red Sox, both with 97 wins, the best in baseball, should dominate the AL East, finishing well ahead of their competition, with both teams making the playoffs. (ANI)

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