John Pudner

John Pudner

John Pudner wrote his first statistical analysis for the New York Post more than 20 years ago, ranking pitchers on opposite Sundays from when Bill James ranked batters, and he was named as the top sports news writer in his newspaper class in Virginia by the Virginia Press Association. 

Since then he has run more than 200 political campaigns for candidates or ballot issues while continuing to write statistical analysis for sports and developing a database of thousands of basketball players at www.valueaddbasketball.com and writing for www.crackedsidewalks.com. He met with and advised several NBA teams to advice on the future performance of potential draft picks this year. His work for the Alabama Farmers Federation in 2010 included helping to coordinating door-to-door efforts that reached the homes of 170,000 voters, and his more recent statistical work was featured by CNN/Sports Illustrated.


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Dodgers: 2 of Top 3 NL Batters and 4 Ace Starters Transformed Team

Breitbart Sports drew some negative comments when we proclaimed on July 23 that the Los Angeles Dodgers, with a mediocre 51-47 record, were the best team in baseball. Some said we were over reacting to a hot streak, but what the numbers now show is that by then the Dodgers had added two of the top three batters in the NL in Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez based on WAR, and two of the best 30 starting pitchers in baseball to give them FOUR starters that should have been aces on another team according to Value Add rankings. Oct 7, 2013 9:30 AM PT

Price Apologizes via Twitter for Complaining After Game 2 Loss

Tampa Bay pitcher David Price apologized via twitter just before 3 p.m. EDT Sunday for previous tweets that caught the attention of a Boston radio station and others. Price was not happy about David Ortiz watching to see if his home run stayed fair in Game 2, but the next time he visits his alma mater Vanderbilt he might want to ask fellow Vandy player Mike Yastrzemski about a similar incident his grandfather Carl Yastrzemski witnessed in the same stadium 38 years ago. Oct 6, 2013 1:09 PM PT

Athletics Rookie Gray Shuts Out Tigers for 8, A's Win in 9th 1-0

The Value Add game-by-game breakdown for Sonny Gray's great first season shows that he had only gone eight innings twice - both times against the hapless Houston Astros. It also shows that he was receiving 10 runs of support a game for his last four starts of the season. He was not going to get 10 runs of support against Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers, but he did go eight innings to match Verlander's shutout performance, finally getting the Victory when the Oakland A's broke the tie in the ninth inning behind two grounders past the lead-footed Tigers who play the corners. Oct 5, 2013 10:07 PM PT

Scherzer First Starter to Win with 3 or Fewer Runs in This Year's Playoffs

Breitbart Sports noted Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer was one of only five pitchers in baseball to have a winning record when his team only scored one to three runs. On Friday he became the first to do it in the 2013 playoffs, making three first inning runs hold up for a 3-2 win over Oakland in their playoff opener. In the first seven playoff games this season the winning team had always scored eight or more runs. Oct 5, 2013 10:03 AM PT

Cleveland Fans Erupt over 3rd Straight Win

CLEVELAND - Just 15 days ago the biggest thing fans had to look forward to was Thursday’s half time celebration of Jim Brown’s great career (1st photo below). Instead, the team won their third straight since trading away Trent Richardson Thursday to move into sole possession of first place in the AFC North, capping one of the biggest tailgate parties anyone could remember (two photos below) with an eruption (photo above) after TJ Ward sealed a 37-24 win over the Bills with a pick 6. Oct 4, 2013 12:24 AM PT

Return of Winning Sports to Cleveland Excites Fans Despite Loss

CLEVELAND - Many offices here told employees to wear Indians gear to work, and fans who couldn't get tickets watched a few blocks away at places like a luxury bowling alley (photo above). However, just before midnight fans cleared out after a disappointing shutout (photo below). Still, Cleveland sports fans have been treated to the Indians making the playoffs a year after going 68-94, a Browns team taking a stunning two-game winning streak into a Thursday night game a few blocks away, and even whispers of LeBron James potentially coming back to join a much improved roster in the near future. Oct 2, 2013 10:54 PM PT

Greinke's 10 Victories with 3 or Fewer Runs Tops in Majors

The Dodgers are being given a huge edge by many in Game 1 due to having the best pitcher on the mound in Clayton Kershaw, but in pitchers' duels this year the Braves starter Kris Medlin has been much better. Given just one, two, or three runs of support, Medlin is 8-8, the sixth best mark in baseball, and Kershaw is 5-10, barely better than the league average 27% (see separate post for breakdown). It is actually the Dodgers Game 2 starter Zack Greinke who has the most wins (10-8) in such games, and the Braves Game 3 starter Julio Teheran (8-5) who has the best winning percentage in baseball in these games. Oct 2, 2013 5:44 PM PT

Exclusive: Pitcher Winning Percentages vs. Runs Scored for 2013 Season

When a team scored four runs their pitcher was able to get them the victory 56 percent of the time this season. The final 2013 game-by-game tab on the final database at www.valueaddbaseball.com is complete, and it also shows that in 627 such games this season the pitcher was successful in only 27% of games in which their team scored 1-3 runs. The breakdown of a pitcher pulling off the victory based on runs scored is shown on the table below, followed by a table of how many Games Started and Victories each of the top 10 pitchers had this season, and what the average score of their games was to show their overall support. Oct 2, 2013 5:03 PM PT

Pirates Win First Playoff Game in 21 Years, Advance to Face Cardinals

Like Tampa Bay the day before, the Pittsburgh Pirates won a do-or-die game with the opposing ace unavailable. Francisco Liriano shut down the Reds, whose Johnny Cueto gave up second-inning home runs with Marlon Byrd and Russell Martin filling in for the injured Mat Latos (4th best pitcher in baseball according to www.valueaddbaseball.com). By winning their first playoff game since 1992, the Pirates advance to the Divisional Championship against the St. Louis Cardinals which begins on Friday. Oct 1, 2013 8:35 PM PT

Shutdown Grounds Sports at Service Academies: Navy-Air Force Football Game Canceled

Due to the federal government shutdown, this weekend's college football game between Air Force and Navy has been canceled as the Department of Defense temporarily suspends intercollegiate athletics at its service academies. According to the Air Force Times, "the sold-out contest had been scheduled for Saturday morning in Annapolis, Md., and set for a national TV broadcast on CBS." Oct 1, 2013 11:02 AM PT

Kershaw, Scherzer Top Leagues in Final Value Add of 233 Pitchers

Despite missing a half dozen starts this season, David Price surged to a No. 34 ranking in the www.valueaddbaseball.com database after winning the final start of the season and 4,728th start in the database. Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer finished as the top pitchers in their respective leagues by winning 86% of their starts in which they received any run support. Both deserve the Cy Young Awards they should be receiving shortly, though Scherzer received far more support. Oct 1, 2013 7:00 AM PT

Price Is Right: Rays Win Tiebreaker Against Rangers to Make AL Playoffs

Rays ace David Price dominated the tie-breaking game Monday to send the Rays to Cleveland Wednesday. Price surprised many when he came out for the eighth and ninth innings to continue a dominant performance against a great hitting Rangers team in a great hitters park. Rangers' ace Yu Darvish could not even take the field in the first inning, as he was needed Sunday in what was to be the season finale. The Rays will travel to Cleveland on Wednesday, and the winner of that game will play in the Division Series at Boston on Friday. Sep 30, 2013 9:19 PM PT

Comcast to Bid for Houston Sports Network if Court Forces Sale

(Reuters) - Comcast Corp is prepared to bid if it can force a sale of the financially troubled, regional-sports network that carries the games of the Houston Astros baseball team and the Houston Rockets, the city's basketball team, court papers show. (Note: Breitbart Sports reported last month that the Astros were the most profitable team in history despite putting together a dreadful line-up that ultimately lost their last 15 games to finish 51-111). Sep 30, 2013 7:10 PM PT

Nathan, Bullpen Send Rangers to Playoff Game with Rays

Rangers ace Yu Darvish was chased in the sixth inning, once against unable to hold a lead in a close game, but the Rangers still had their real ace in the bullpen. Joe Nathan (right in photo) did what he has done for a decade better than anyone else except Mariano Rivera (center in photo) to key the Rangers run into a playoff game. Sep 29, 2013 3:48 PM PT

NL Wild-card: 4th-ranked Latos Out, Cueto to Face Liriano

The Reds are lucky that they did not need Johnny Cueto to make his scheduled start Sunday. There was nothing at stake in that game, and the Reds will now need Cueto to start Tuesday’s elimination wild-card game in Pittsburgh. Breitbart Sports had written that Mat Latos, ranked as the 4th most valuable pitcher in baseball at www.valueaddbaseball.com would give the Reds an edge in the wild-card game, but an elbow injury will keep him from starting. Sep 29, 2013 11:35 AM PT

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