The KC Royals defied all logic to win the 2015 World Series. They won more games than any American League team after respected projection system PECOTA predicted 72 wins. They pulled off a record-setting seven multi-run comebacks during the playoffs, including three victories in which win probability systems estimated them to have a single digit…
This post is a little misleading.  Sure, the Royals outperformed most projections, but that doesn't mean you can't identify certain metrics that show how the Royals were successful. We here a lot about this "conflict" between the sabermetrics community and scouting.  The reality, however, is that scouts have always used analytics, we just have better metrics now.  Analytics are simply a way of measuring what you see on the field.  Of course they will never be perfect, but they at least give you some way of measuring performance, just like you would in any other business. You can clearly look at numbers like team era, and defensive runs saved to give you a general snapshot of the Kansas City Royals success.  The Royals simply beat their competition by finding undervalued talent in new and creative ways.  Kudos

 

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