‘Stats Man’ uses formula to make baseball predictions

Rothman speaks in a lecture hall.

Using math to predict MLB outcomes

Professor Stan 'The Stats Man' Rothman has a track record of successful baseball and football predictions — using a mathematics formula.


t’s official – Major League Baseball is back. With opening day upon us, Quinnipiac’s own Professor Stan “The Stats Man” Rothman weighs in with his playoff predictions for the 2018 season.

According to Rothman’s breakdown, not much will change this season. He expects all three of the National League’s 2017 division winners to repeat in 2018. Over in the American League, Rothman sees the defending World Champion Houston Astros and the Cleveland Indians winning their respective divisions again as well. 

He does, however, predict a reversal from 2017’s AL East finish, with New York Yankees winning the division crown, and the Boston Red Sox finishing in the American League’s first Wildcard spot. According to Rothman, 2018 stands to be a good year for New York baseball all around. He expects the Mets to bounce back from an injury-plagued 2017 and win the first National League Wildcard spot.

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Ultimately, it will come down to the Yankees and the Dodgers in the Fall Classic, a clash Rothman sees the Yankees winning. If Rothman’s prediction is correct, it would mark the first post-season meeting between the two teams since the 1981 World Series, a match-up that the Dodgers won 4 games to 2. It would also be the 12th World Series to feature both teams. Their 11 total meetings to date is a baseball record.

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Professor Rothman’s picks for the 2018 MLB Season

American League and National League Division Winners:

AL East - New York Yankees | NL East - Washington Nationals
AL Central - Cleveland Indians | NL Central - Chicago Cubs
AL West - Houston Astros | NL West - Los Angeles Dodgers

AL Wildcard Winners:

  • Boston Red Sox & Minnesota Twins

NL Wild Card Winners:

New York Mets & St. Louis Cardinals

Pennant Winners:

  • New York Yankees | Los Angeles Dodgers

The 2018 World Series will be between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Yankees will be the 2018 World Series Champions.