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Now that the Stanley Cup has wrapped up, it's time to start focusing more on baseball and doing investigations for that. Today's investigation will deal with z-scores, which measure how many standard deviations a performance is above or below the average (think the more, the merrier).
Since the All Star Game is coming up, it would make sense to see who is the best for at least one of the positions. With that being said, let's explore the tight race for shortstops in both leagues. It was hard for me to choose the top shortstop in the AL and the voters might feel the same way as well. Also, the NL race is close for shortstop while other races see people taking huge leads.
How this works:
The top five in each league for shortstops will have their totals put in a list that will find their average and standard deviation. With the average, we can subtract their actual average with the one that is comprised of everyone's. After that, we divide it by the standard deviation to see how much they are different from the rest. The higher, the better!
American League Top Five- *actual average in parentheses
Carlos Correa, Houston (.293): .125
Francisco Lindor, Cleveland (.254): -0.85
Didi Gregorius, New York (.339): 1.275
Xander Bogaerts, Boston (.324): 0.9
Troy Tulowitzki, Toronto (.234): -1.35
Standard Deviation= .04
National League Top Five-
Zack Cozart, Cincinnati (.324): 1.2
Corey Seager, Los Angeles (.281): .125
Addison Russell, Chicago (.215): -1.525
Trea Turner, Washington (.268): -0.2
Chris Owings, Arizona (.295): 0.475
Standard Deviation= .04
American League Top Five-
Correa (41): 1.57
Lindor (27): .085
Gregorius (25): -0.127
Bogaerts (23): -0.34
Tulowitzki (15): -1.191
Standard Deviation= 9.4
National League Top Five-
Cozart (33): 0.4
Seager (31): 0.036
Russell (23): -1.4
Turner (29): -0.327
Owings (38): 1.31
Standard Deviation= 5.5
Obviously, popularity is a huge factor that gets some people in the top five who are not doing their best right now, which brought down the average by a lot and helped others more than it should.
Also, Gregorius looked great in the average part but since he's only had 165 at-bats, he should not be highly considered for the All Star Game just yet. It was good to add the RBI part because that shows how much catching up he needs to do.
After doing this, I still stand by my decision on voting for Cozart in the National League but I need to keep my eye on Owings because he is putting up some good numbers that should not be overlooked. It's nice to see a loyal fanbase promote someone who deserves recognition.
I hope this helped with your decision and have a great time voting!
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