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 and writing for 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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Red Sox Advance to World Series Against Cardinals

For the second time in the American League Championship Series, Detroit's Max Scherzer left with a lead only to watch a reliever give up a grand slam - this time to Shane Victorino to give the Red Sox a 5-2 win and send St. Louis to Boston for the opening of the World Series on Wednesday. Oct 19, 2013 9:38 PM PT

Auburn TKOs Johnny Football

When Cam Newton led Auburn to a national title they were often criticized for injuring opposing quarterbacks. Saturday they took out the biggest name in the game in Johnny Manziel in a game Newton predicted Auburn would win on Ladarius Owens drove him into the ground injuring his right shoulder to send him to the sideline. Like a boxer, he came back but was taken down with three more hits on the final drive of the game including a long sack by Dee Ford to secure Auburn's upset win. Oct 19, 2013 5:01 PM PT

Ryu-Puig Rookie Duo Helps Dodgers Win Game 3 over Cards

The rookie duo of the portly Hyun-Jin Ryu and sculpted Yasiel Puig helped pull the Dodgers within 2-1 in the NLCS. Ryu returned to the dominant form that ranked him No. 6 among all pitchers through August 16, and Puig blasted an RBI-triple to right to end a hitless series as the Dodgers won 3-0 Monday. Ryu threw seven shutout innings to save the Dodgers from falling to an almost insurmountable three games to none against the Cardinals in the NLCS. Oct 14, 2013 8:38 PM PT

Southern Legislator: Michigan Attendance Record Will Be 'Obliterated'

As if Michigan fans had not had a bad enough week with their upset loss to Penn State and the SEC having a record eight teams in the Top 25, a conservative Virginia legislator is now predicting even the Wolverines attendance record will be “obliterated” down South. Israel O’Quinn, who represents the Virginia side of Bristol in the legislature, told Breitbart Sports Monday that the attendance record would fall when Virginia Tech plays Tennessee at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Oct 14, 2013 6:54 PM PT

Top Offense in Baseball (Red Sox) Overcomes Best Pitching (Tigers) in Game 2

The top two pitching teams in baseball are squaring off against the top two hitting teams in baseball to try to make the World Series, and so far the batters have the edge. The best hitting team in all of baseball (adjusted for ballparks and DH/League) were shut down by the top pitching team in baseball according to for 16 innings only to have David Ortiz hit a grand slam to tie the ALCS 1-1. The second best hitting team in baseball (St. Louis) is already up 2-0 over the second best pitching team in baseball (Los Angeles Dodgers). Oct 13, 2013 9:06 PM PT

Tigers 2 Outs from No-Hitter, Hold on 1-0 over Red Sox in Game 1

Anibal Sanchez flirted with a no-hitter again, then had to watch from the bench as Boston's Daniel Nava fought a pitch into center field to break it up in the ninth, and Quintin Berry came in as a pinch runner to make it 27 of 27 on the base paths and threatened the Tigers 1-0 lead. However, relief ace Joaquin Benoit (2.01 ERA) was able to induce a full-count towering popup from Xander Boegaerts to preserve the win for the best pitching staff against the best offense in the league. Oct 12, 2013 8:43 PM PT

St. Louis Takes 2-0 Edge over Dodgers Behind Wacha

Michael Wacha did not allow a run for the fourth time in seven starts - and that was what it took to outduel Clayton Kershaw 1-0 and give the St. Louis Cardinals a two games to none lead in the National League Championship Series. The Cardinals have not scored more than two runs in any of his last three starts - and Wacha won all three games. Oct 12, 2013 4:05 PM PT

Verlander Gets Tigers One Step from World Series

On September 4, Breitbart Sports projected the Dodgers beating the Tigers in the World Series if it came down to pitching. Both teams are now one step away after Clayton Kershaw pitched a day early to help the Dodgers to the NLCS, and Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander put together back-to-back gems to pull the Tigers back from a two-games-to-one hole to advance to the ALCS. Thursday it was Justin Verlander, who had an "off-year" after signing a $180-million, 7-year contract just before the season started, who was nearly flawless in a 3-0 win. Oct 10, 2013 8:16 PM PT

Strange Rule Forces Lobaton into Game - to hit Game-Winning HR

The only reason Jose Lobaton (.184 average with one home run in September, hitless in playoffs) was in the game to face Koji Uehara (1.09 ERA, 21 Saves this season), was a little known rule turned the Tampa Bay Rays into an NL team Monday. The result was the most lopsided pitcher-batter match-up you could hope to see in an AL playoff game, which of course resulted in Lobaton blasting a two-out homer in the ninth to give the Rays their fourth straight do-or-die win this week. Oct 7, 2013 11:19 PM PT

A's, Raiders Win; Oakland Taxpayers Last to Save Money with Shared Stadium

Those cynical about politicians’ inability to cut spending amid the government shutdown only need to look at the A’s and Raiders wins Sunday in the Oakland Coliseum. It used to be taxpayers might be asked to subsidize one stadium to have a football AND baseball team as well as an arena to host an NBA and NHL team, but now in all but 11 cases (see list below), taxpayers are told they have to foot the bill for a separate venue for each team. Oct 7, 2013 2:56 PM PT

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


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