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Why is the PDO hockey statistic said to measure luck?

In hockey, the PDO is considered to measure luck. Could you please explain me why ? From my understanding, the PDO is computed as "goals for / shoots on post for + saves against / shoots on post ...
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Keeping Red Zone Stats

If a team enters the red zone and then gets sacked out of the red zone. On the next play they get into the redzone again. Then they score on the next play. Does this mean the team is 1-2 in the red ...
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Volleyball Hitting Stat Clarification

If a hitter hits the ball out-of-bounds, but the opposing blocker is call for net violation before the ball lands out-of-bounds, does the hitter get both an attempt and a hitting error recorded or ...
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Teams losing games despite scoring runs

How many times has an MLB team lost a game after scoring 10 or more runs?
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Have all promoted teams from one season of the united German Bundesliga ever been relegated in the following season?

Have all the promoted teams in one season ever been relegated in the following season? The most recent season when this "almost" happened was 2012/13, when two previously promoted teams got ...
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Teams winning games despite issuing numerous walks

How many times has an MLB team won a game after issuing 12 or more walks?
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Where to find advanced stats like PER and Win Shares for Division 1 College Basketball players in the NCAA?

Is there any comprehensive centralised online resource where I can find advanced stats/metrics for free or at least relatively inexpensive? At a minimum I would like to start with Player Efficiency ...
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What is the percentage of goals scored in extra time in the top 5 European leagues?

I was wondering what the percentage of goals scored in added time (45+1', 45+2', 45+3', ..., 90+1', 90+2', 90+3', ...) is. Are there any statistics showing this? Ideally, I would be interested in ...
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Where can I find data of NFL players and clubs?

I am going to take Spanish soccer league players and clubs data from a business API. The purpose is to generate a quiz app with questions as "Which player has scored more goals this season?" ...
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What does the "big chances created" stats mean in Soccer?

There is a stats which is appearing frequently lately in soccer websites, which is named "big chances created", probably taken from one of those companies making statistics from the matches. ...
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Is this a steal or a block and rebound?

This was recorded as a steal. I'm wondering how this can be justified. It looks like McDaniels tries to tip it in. If that's the case, then how can it be ruled a steal? Here is the clip.
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How many assists did Pelé give in world cups?

I've found 3 different statistics for Pelé assists in world cups. One puts him as the all time top assist provider, another with a shared record, and another with no record at all. This source, Most ...
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What does "completed x-for-y passes" mean?

What does it mean to say that a quarterback completed x-for-y passes? That is different than the average yards per rush or yards per completion, right? Background: One article states "During the ...
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Lowest career WAR for a 2-time+ all-star?

Of all MLB players who have made the all-star team at least twice, who has the lowest career WAR? Is there a way to answer this question with baseball-reference or mlb savant? Or do you have to write ...
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What would explain the large jumps in performance in the Men's 50m Freestyle Long Course World Records?

I made a graph showing the world record for the Men's 50m freestyle (long course) swimming. I noticed that there were significant performance jumps in 1980 and 2008. Otherwise, the times remain stable ...
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Elo-like metrics that replace ERA/BA/OBP that account for the strengths of the pitcher/batter?

In Chess, the standard metric is Elo, which weighs losses against "bad" players more heavily than losses against "good" players. Same for the opposite scenario (winning against bad ...
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Is there any data on how successful runners are at stealing third base with right-handed vs. left-handed batters?

According to an article, between 1998 and 2002, base runners successfully stole second base 69% of the time, and they successfully stole third base 72% of the time. It might seem that it should be ...
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How many assists did Maradona give in World Cups?

There are several websites stating this top for World Cup assists 1- Pele (10) 2- Messi (6) 3- James Rodriguez (5) 4- Juan Cuadrado (5) 5- Thomas Muller (4) Most assists in World cup Top 5 players ...
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NFL Combine Worst Performances

I am attempting to clean a data set of NFL Combine performances; because some values of the data set are physically impossible, I would like to know the best and worst performances in the combine (to ...
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How often does a betting-house's odds change for a given event 1) before and 2) during the event?

I understand that this is VERY dependent on the specific sporting event, but I was hoping to find some representative averages and ranges ... beyond somewhere between a few times-per-day before the ...
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What is the longest drive in the NFL with consideration for penalty yardage?

I have attempted to search for this answer before, but often end up getting answers akin to the longest distance a drive has taken between goal lines, hence the answer is something like 99 yards. ...
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Origin of the formula for weighted stolen base runs (wSB)

I am considering the formula for weighted stolen base runs (wSB), which is given as wSB = a * SB + b * CS - lgwSB * (1B + uBB + HBP) and a = 0.2 and b = (-2 * RunsPerOut + 0.075). I have two questions:...
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All time QB with the worst December+ INT ratio

For a long time I've been a fan of Matthew Stafford. He had suffered in Detroit for years. Detroit, in their best years would appear to have their playoff hopes get dashed in December. It seems that ...
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Does being the player who kicked the ball, when the opponent scores an own goal, count as an assist?

I'm seeing a lot of comments saying Messi gave an assist because an opposing Nantes player changed the direction of a ball kicked by Messi, and this action lead to a goal against Nantes. I've even ...
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How many assists did Johan Cruyff give for his national team?

Transfermarkt lists Johan Cruyff's assists when playing in clubs with full detail as being 148. Johan Cruyff career stats. However, it doesn't list Johan Cruyff's assists for his national team, ...
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Are there any standard metrics in use that take into account the "variability" in a pitcher's ERA?

Early in his career (as a Pirate), current ace Charlie Morton once gave up ten runs in a single inning. That's a bad, 90.00 ERA for that one "frame." But you can only lose one game at a time....
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What constitutes a "game-winning drive" statistically?

After the Buccaneers @ Patriots game - in which the Buccaneers won - it was revealed by statisticians that it was Tom Brady's 50th career "game-winning drive". What constitutes a "game-...
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What's the precise definition of the individual "left on base" statistic?

MLB.com's box scores include a "LOB" column in the individual batting records, showing number of runners left on base. I am curious how exactly this statistic is defined. MLB's Glossary ...
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Does a penalty count against a shutout in football?

In soccer, if a goalkeeper does not save a penalty that happened during the game (as opposed to during a penalty shootout) do they still get a shutout? I was just curious because I know that in a ...
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Ice-hockey penalty shot saves

In ice-hockey when there is a penalty shot and player missed the net so goalkeeper didn't need to make a save, is it still counted as a save for the goalkeeper for his penalty shot save percentage? ...
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Best accuracy of ice-hockey prediction achieved

What is the best accuracy of predicting ice-hockey game winner ever achieved? I have found many sites where some mathematical models can predict winner of NHL game with accuracy from 55% to 60%. Is ...
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Is an NFL player who forces a fumble that goes out of the end zone not credited with the safety?

I can imagine four situations where the title applies. The ballcarrier is out of the end zone and fumbles when he is tackled. This would not be a safety except for the fumble. The ballcarrier is in ...
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NHL forfeit shutouts

In the NHL, if a game is forfeited the loser gets score 0 and the winner gets 1 or higher if the game was forfeited after it started already and the winner scored more than 1 goal. All personal stats ...
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How are statistics recorded in IIHF or NHL when two events happen at the same stoppage of play?

How are stats recorded in IIHF or NHL when two events happen at the same stoppage of play? For example, team A receives 2-minute penalty at time 12:05. The game is stopped and after the face-off team ...
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Which soccer players have been selected best player of the Copa América more than once?

I know that Lionel Messi and Enzo Francescoli have been chosen the best player of the Copa América twice. It happened in 2021, 2015, 1995 and 1983 respectively. Are there other soccer players who have ...
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Which NBA player has the most career shots?

Which NBA basketball player has attempted the most shots in their career, and how many of them did they make?
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Is there a correlation between goalkeeper height and penalty save rate?

A tall goalkeeper can be quite intimidating for a penalty taker. Is there any research or statistics that actually shows that there is a correlation between goalkeeper height and penalty save rate?
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Is calling timeout actually effective in stopping scoring runs by the other team?

In basketball, when one team goes on a scoring run, you will often see the other team call a timeout to try to stop that team's momentum. Has there been any analysis that shows whether calling timeout ...
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Base Out State Probabilities by Batting Order Position

I am looking for the number of PA's (Plate Appearances) that occurred in each of the 24 possible base-out states split by batting order position. I am interested especially in the years 2010-2015 in ...
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Do longer playoff series (in first to x formats) lead to worse outcomes in subsequent rounds?

In the NHL, it's generally accepted wisdom that if two teams face each other in a playoff round, and one team has played fewer games in the playoffs due to having fewer losses in previous rounds, they'...
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Which soccer/association football statistic gives the most comprehensive assessment of a player in his or her position?

There are defenders, midfielders, forwards and goalkeepers. If I want to compare non-keeper player to player, which statistic is the best? In reply to answers below, if the synergy is important, is ...
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How is mlb.com's ">.500" record calculated?

On Major League Baseball's Standings page, one of the fields is headed >.500: "Record against >.500 teams". Is this the record in games against teams whose record was above .500 when ...
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What is the win probabiity of an ice hockey team being down 1-0 at the end of the second period?

I heard following hypothesis about ice-hockey statistics; -20 min left (i.e. whole third period) -situation is 0-1 I was told the team that is trailing, has bigger probability to win the game. Has ...
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How to determine winning team from the MLB retrosheet "event" file?

As far as I can tell, there isn't a field in the event file (https://www.retrosheet.org/eventfile.htm) that states the winning team. By my understanding it could either be found from the game file (...
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Do NBA players make a higher percentage of 3-pointers from the side?

This shows what an NBA basketball court looks like: As you can see, the 3-point line is an arc until it gets close to the sides of the court, where it becomes a straight line due to not being able to ...
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True Shooting Percentage (TSP) vs Points Per Shot (PPS)

I have always been puzzled by the True Shooting Percentage (TSP) metric. Its goal is evidently to give a general idea of how efficient a scorer is, but the way it's calculated is extremely puzzling. ...
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Why combine stats, especially the 40-yard dash, relevant and referred to years after the draft?

Many commentators refer to a player's 40-yard dash time to make a point of how fast a player is. This is admittedly relevant by the time of the draft but not so much afterwards, one would think. Many ...
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Looking for the name of an on-base stat that I am sure exists

I'm looking for a stat for how often a hitter gets on base via walk, hit, hit by ball. Anything excluding homeruns. As in the percentage of time people actually stand on a base.
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How many times has a team put in to field scored a century on day 1?

In the current game between South-Africa and Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 157 in 40 odd overs. Dean Elgar ended the day on 90 odd. This made me wonder how many times in test cricket have a ...
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Ice-hockey 6v5 situation

I am curious how are situations with extra player in ice-hockey handled statistically. For example, team A is loosing 2:3 and there is one last minute of the match. They switch goalie for an extra ...
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