I’m a few days behind on my posts, so please excuse my tardiness and the slew of posts that should be forthcoming.
A-Rod finally reached 600 homeruns a couple weeks ago. While that may have relieved pressure on him, now people are looking toward Jeter’s 3,000th hit. The Wall Street Journal ran a piece predictingthat Jeter should hit the 3,000 mark around June 6th next year.
They looked at his historical numbers and took into account the 27 other players to hit that number and determined that Jeter should get a hit every 3.66 at-bats next season. I’m not sure what method they used to calculate 3.66, but I would guess some sort of simple average. Then, based on how many hits he needs (128 at the time of the article), his average number of at-bats per game, the average number of games he plays a season and the Yankees typical schedule, they determined the June 6th date.
I don’t really have much to add other than that this seems like a solid method. What do the sabermetricians think? By the way, that looks like an awesome cast.
Jared Lander is the Chief Data Scientist of Lander Analytics a New York data science firm, Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, Organizer of the New York Open Statistical Programming meetup and the New York and Washington DC R Conferences and author of R for Everyone.