October in Philadelphia? New York? Oakland? Boston?

by Brianne Sweeden
Faculty advisor: Dr. Stan Ullerich

In October of 1903, the Boston Americans and Pittsburgh Pirates faced each other in the first World Series of Major League Baseball. After the eight-game series, the American League Boston Americans came out on top with five wins and three losses. Over the past 108 years, the complexity and development of the World Series has had a tremendous impact on Major League Baseball. So what factors determine who wins this postseason competition between the best teams in the American and National Leagues? This econometric model tests which variables are the strongest determinants in predicting the winning team of the MLB World Series. Factors tested for significance include offensive, defensive, strategic, and performance variables. The model will be used for predicting the results of this year’s World Series. Play ball!!