Spotted: Run Expectancy Charts During Cubs Broadcast

Because it has pleasantly surprised gentleman statistician Bill Petti, it might very well surprise pleasantly at least one other reader, too, to learn that, in the first inning of today’s Cubs-Mets game, the WGN broadcast presented run expectancy charts for the edification of the Viewing Public.

Like in this instance, for example, with a runner on third, one out, and Anthony Rizzo batting:

RE 1

And like in this other instance, as well, now with two outs and Ryan Sweeney up:

RE 2




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12 Responses to “Spotted: Run Expectancy Charts During Cubs Broadcast”

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  1. Jack says:

    It’s a WGN thing. Sox broadcasts have them, too.

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  2. JaysFan says:

    This is a beautiful thing. Like watching a baby deer learn to walk.

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  3. John says:

    They have been doing these all year, and they have been quite depressing because early on the Cubs were not good with runners on.

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  4. Josh M says:

    What has not graphs come to?

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  5. The Nemesis says:

    NotGraphs reporting on actual happenings with a straight face?

    I’m not sure what to think about this.

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    • MrKnowNothing says:

      In fairness, NG is about things on barely related to baseball. The Cubs are barely a baseball team.

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  6. Ben says:

    Related: During several Cardinals telecasts, when they put the teams gaudy RISP numbers on screen, Al Hrabosky has said “that’s not sustainable.”

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  7. kdm628496 says:

    shouldn’t the units for run expectancy be runs? given the units are percents, i believe what they’re showing us is actual run probability.

    either way, a step in the right direction. i’m just glad there’s not a “will to win” meter on screen.

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  8. Neil says:

    I interrupted my wife from something much more important to exclaim about this very thing.

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  9. BookWorm says:

    Speaking of this game, WGN later showed the broadcasters eating pizza (of both the “New York” and “Chicago” variety) to kill time while the grounds crew replaced second base. It made me ridiculously hungry.

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