Stark: Royals continue to defy projections

From SABR member Jayson Stark at on April 20, 2016:

Computers. How would we survive without them? They can find you a hotel room in Des Moines, Iowa. They can connect you with your cousin in Alaska. They can compute the square root of 1,786,443,956.

In other words, computers can do everything, right? Well, except for one thing, that is: They just can’t figure out the Kansas City Royals.

This is a story about computers and the world’s most unprojectable baseball team. A team that feels as if it’s the only thing in the entire universe that computers can’t measure.

If computers messed up your tax returns as badly as they’ve messed up on the Royals, you’d be audited by the IRS for the next 50 years. If they were as far off on your checking-account balance as they’ve been on the Royals, your entire living room would have been repossessed.

The Royals have existed in two very different worlds for the past three years.

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Originally published: April 20, 2016. Last Updated: April 20, 2016.