## Giants vs Rangers, Game #5 World Series - Simulation

I used my simulator to simulate 100000 baseball games between the Giants and the Rangers using what to the best of my knowledge will be close to the actual 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 Sunday at 11:30 PM PST)

 Visitors Home Pitching Matchup Favorite Vegas Win Prob Simulator Win Prob AccuScore SF TEX T.Lincecum vs C.Lee TEX 62.26% 57.96% 70%

Notes: Vegas and the Simulator matching up a little better in Game #5 than they did in Game #4. The oddsmakers are still weighting the Rangers chances of winning the game more so than the Giants chances. I suppose most of the people wagering on the game feel that the Rangers will be tough to close out with Cliff Lee on the mound. AccuScore has been taken over by a german shepard. Get your game score and over/under guesses in below.

Over/Under Questions:

1. Total runs scored both teams: 5.5
2. Cliff Lee total strikeouts: 7.5
3. Rangers total bases minus Giants total bases: 2.5
4. Tim Lincecum total number of pitches: 106.5
5. Number of half innings scored in, combined both teams: 3.5