Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Oct. 27, 2015), it’s a very stats-y World Series special. We discuss Daniel Murphy’s incredible postseason and which team is the “team of destiny,” and then feature a special intra-FiveThirtyEight showdown between our biggest Mets fan and biggest Royals fan. Plus, a Significant Digit on Abby Wambach’s goal-scoring milestone.
Note: This episode was recorded before we all lost our minds watching Game 1 of the World Series.
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Bonus Audio: Neil Paine and Walt Hickey on Madden ratings.
Recorded as part of Gelf’s “Varsity Letters” series.
Here are links to some of the stories we discussed on the show:
- World Series previews from FiveThirtyEight and Grantland.
- FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur puts Daniel Murphy’s hot streak in context.
- FanGraphs breaks down how the Royals continue to win against the odds.
- Significant Digit: Abby Wambach, the legend, who’s retiring with 184 career international goals.
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