## September 9th, Dodgers vs Astros - Simulation

I used my simulator to simulate 100000 baseball games between the Dodgers and the Astros using what to the best of my knowledge will be close to today's starting lineups. The simulator outputs a win probability for each team, along with the average total runs scored, a distribution matrix of all the final scores and how often they occurred, and an averaged box score tally of all games combined. The simulator takes into account such things as defense, park factors, home field advantage, pitchers tiring and a proprietary set of hitter and pitcher projections that are calibrated on a daily basis. There are many references to Vegas win probabilities. This is just a measuring stick I use to determine how well my simulator does. This by no means is meant as a tool to use to gamble on baseball games, it is more of an exercise in analyzing baseball games. You may find it strange that there are so many one run games listed as the most likely score, and that the home team is always favored to win in the top couple of scores. This is due to basic math and the way that baseball rules play out of having the home team bat last. Here is a great article explaining this phenomenon. Here are the latest Vegas MLB odds.

Today's Results... (Last simulation ran Wednesday at 11:30 PM)

 Visitors Home Pitching Matchup Favorite Vegas Win Prob Simulator Win Prob LAN HOU T.Lilly vs B.Norris LAN 55.56% 48.10%

Notes: The simulator raises a rather large red flag with this game. Ted Lilly has a rather lucky ERA and Bud Norris a rather unlucky one. Norris has slightly better peripheral numbers than Lilly. The only flag the Dodgers will wave is the red flag they brought with them to Houston from San Diego. The Dodgers have finally seen their NL West title chances drop to 0.01%. Get your game score and over/under guesses in. We have had quite a long drought for someone picking either the score or five over/under questions correctly.

Over/Under Questions:

1. Total runs scored both teams: 7.5
2. T.Lilly earned runs allowed: 2.5
3. Number of total HRs plus triples in game: 1.5
4. B.Norris total strikeouts: 6.5
5. Dodgers bullpen total batters faced: 8.5