SABR metrics vs. traditional stats — which can we trust more?
When it comes to baseball statistics, which can we trust more: traditional stats or SABR metrics? This question has been debated ever since Bill James coined “SABR metrics.” WAR (wins above replacement) or homers? BABIP (batting average on balls in play) or RBIs? LIPS (late-inning pressure situations) or saves?
Traditional stats can have gaps in them. Take Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes’ 2010 season, for example. Despite having a rather high ERA of 4.19, Hughes “earned” 18 wins. This contradiction probably happened because his offense gave him and the rest of the starting rotation tons of offensive support that year, which led the Yankees to an ALCS appearance against the Texas Rangers.
After three rounds of baseball, the 2013 NCAA Men’s College World Series is down to its final four.
Right now, three-seed Oregon State and Mississippi State are playing for the second time in the CWS. UCLA faces top-seed North Carolina at 8 p.m. tonight.
Mia Hamm, meet Abby Wambach. In the record books, that is. Last night, Wambach scored four goals in a game against South Korea to became the new all-time leading goal scorer in international soccer.
These two legendary soccer players were former teammates, playing together on Team USA in the 2004 Olympics. They won gold that year, and Hamm retired as the all-time leading goal scorer in international soccer with 158 goals in 275 games. Her record stood for nine years, until Wambach scored goals number 159 and 160.
Earlier today, Spain met — and absolutely destroyed — Tahiti in a Confederations Cup match in Brazil (the site of the 2014 FIFA World Cup). Powerhouse Spain — defending World Cup and European Cup champions — shut out Tahiti, 10-0, and set the record for largest margin of victory in the Confederations Cup. The previous record was six goals.
When most sports stars decide to retire, they call a press conference and share the news with the world. But not Katie Smith. The WNBA great announced on May 30 that this season would be her last by replying to a tweet.
The 39-year-old New York Liberty guard has built an impressive resume. Smith has scored 6,272 points in 17 seasons as a pro, and is the WNBA’s second all-time leading scorer behind Tina Thompson. She also won three Olympic gold medals for Team USA in 2000, 2004 and 2008.