Dewan: Who’s hot and who’s not … according to Bill James

From SABR member John Dewan at ACTA Sports on April 30, 2015:

Several years ago, Bill James devised a system that measures how hot or cold a player currently is. And it’s as easy to understand as a thermometer. His temperature rating scales a player’s hotness or coldness on the same scale as Fahrenheit temperatures, where players start at a room temperature of 72 degrees and then increase or decrease from there based on how well they have performed of late.


Jose Altuve is the closest batter to 100 degrees. He has two or more hits in seven consecutive days, including four doubles in the most recent three games. Josh Reddick can’t boast multiple hits over his last seven games, but he does have an old-fashioned seven-game hitting streak. Denard Span’s hot streak is more compact. He has seven hits over his last two days, including two home runs and four doubles.

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Originally published: April 30, 2015. Last Updated: April 30, 2015.