3 November, 2017
How Big Data Won The 2017 World Series
On Wednesday, the Houston Astros won the 2017 World Series. Sports Illustrated predicted it three years ago. It was a slightly tongue-in-cheek prediction at the time, but it wasn’t random. It was based on the Astros’ prowess with data.
When the book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game came out in 2003, it spurred every Major League Baseball team to start taking data-based decision making more seriously. But some took it more seriously than others. Both the Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers, which the Astros beat in the seventh game of this year’s World Series, are big believers in data-driven analytics.