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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Alphabetic Scoreboard: Lowly White Sox Only Team to Sweep

The Chicago White Sox entered the weekend 28 games below .500 (-28), and improved to -25 by being the only team to sweep a weekend series, as shown on the Alphabetical Scoreboard below. The big winners among contenders were the Cardinals and Orioles (look up your team to see their scores from Friday, Saturday and Sunday and how many games above or below .500 they were after each game). Aug 18, 2013 8:20 PM PT

Fox Sports 1 Central Casting Gets Irish Fighter

The first day of Fox Sports 1 featured an Irishman traveling to Boston and dominating a fight for many viewers who had never seen him fight before. Conor McGregor won to help support the decision by Fox to feature UFC in Boston for Fox Sports 1 gave them the ethnic appeal of the bar crowd surrounding Cruise in the movie "Far and Away." Aug 17, 2013 5:37 PM PT

Value Add: Rating All 30 Pitching Rotations

The Los Angeles Dodgers have the best four-man playoff rotation, but the Cincinnati Reds are the only team with three “Aces” in their rotation (pitchers in the top 30 at However, the Reds' dominant pitching at the No. 5 spot let them nudge out the Dodgers as well as the Tigers and Red Sox for the best overall starting pitching. Aug 17, 2013 4:56 AM PT

Ryu Improves to 6th Most Valuable of 205 Pitchers

The top five pitchers on the new look database above will stay the same when the ratings are updated Saturday (see all 205 pitchers to make at least five starts below). Reader feedback urged us to move the Value Add rating just right of the player and team, and then follow that with the pitcher's innings pitched in starts, earned runs allowed, total starts and how many of those were victories, and the average score in their games so far. Aug 17, 2013 1:00 AM PT

Alphabetical Scoreboard: Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Reds Sweep

The poor Diamondbacks swept but gained no grounds as the two other teams that swept on the Alphabetical Scoreboard (See all teams' week on table below) for Monday through Thursday are the Dodgers (they are chasing for the NL West) and the Reds who (they are chasing for the wildcard). The Reds not only swept the Cubs, but beat the Brewers Thursday, with a staff that was ranked #1 in last week, and is now half a game behind the Cardinals and 2 1/2 behind the Pirates in the NL Central. Aug 15, 2013 11:41 PM PT

Fox Sports 1 Channel Finder

Beginning Saturday morning, Fox Sports 1 can be found on channels such as AT&T U-verse 2/651 (2nd number is HD), Campus Cable 72, Comcast 3/242, Charter 38, Dish Network 150, Direct TV 219 and Time Warner Cable 512/1512. Viewers can find their channel by entering their zip code and provider here. Aug 15, 2013 8:50 PM PT

Jason Whitlock: No 'Free' Without 'Dumb'

More than a year before acknowledging they are in negotiations to hire Jason Whitlock as its latest liberal commentator, ESPN reported that the commentator that has compared the NRA to the KKK lost a debate to keep college football. Ironically, he lost the debate to a duo that included Buzz Bissinger, the author of “Friday Night Lights.” Apparently the move to the left to counter the launch of Fox Sports 1 on Saturday does not extend to industries that create billions of dollars for ESPN. Aug 15, 2013 12:39 PM PT

Fox Sports 1 Features UFC in Saturday Launch

Fox Sports 1 launches Saturday in the midst of ESPN hiring liberal commentators, while blogs such as have to defend the very existence of college football. In response, Fox Sports 1 kicks off Saturday at 6 a.m. EDT with a college football program and uses its first prime time to showcase the brutally competitive Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which averaged 3.4 million viewers for network broadcasts last year. Aug 15, 2013 6:50 AM PT

Dodgers Rally for Undefeated Homestand After Pro-Immigration Reform Caravan Starts at Chavez Ravine

After being the launching location for a rally to make illegal immigrants citizens on Wednesday morning, Dodger Stadium was once again the stage for the best duo in baseball. The Dodgers spotted the Mets four runs, but when you have two .360 hitters in your line-up in Hanley Ramirez and the dazzling Yasiel Puig, that is no problem, as the Dodgers won for the 40th time in 48 games. Aug 15, 2013 1:37 AM PT

Gamblers Outspending NCAA 200-to-1 for Lobbying

The NCAA has spent $70,000 for lobbying the first half of this year focused on “gambling issues and issues related to wireless microphones,” according to Politico’s Byron Tau. The NCAA lobbies against gambling on college athletics to prevent cases such as the indictment of Auburn's Varez Ward (pictured) for point shaving, but at that rate, they are being outspent more than 200-to-1 by the gambling industry based on figures at Open Secrets. Aug 13, 2013 1:10 PM PT

Dodgers Unaware of Pro-Immigration Reform Caravan 'from... Dodger Stadium'

Supporters of citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants may hope to ride the popularity of the surging Los Angeles Dodgers when they gather outside Dodger Stadium Wednesday morning to kick off a caravan, but the executive offices at Dodger Stadium told Breitbart Sports on Monday they were unaware of the rally. Aug 12, 2013 10:00 AM PT

Rivera Blows Third Straight Save, A-Rod Shines in Yankees Win

It all seemed backward in Yankee Stadium Sunday as Alex Rodriguez hit his first home run of the year off former MVP Justin Verlander, who is ranked as just the 52nd best pitcher in the latest Value Add Ratings. Victor Martinez hit just his 10th homer to give Mariano Rivera his third straight blown save, then lead-off hitter Brett Gardner broke an 0 for 4 night by hitting his eighth homer off the Tigers Jose Veras (19 Saves, 2.70 ERA). Aug 11, 2013 8:07 PM PT

3-Day Alphabetical Scoreboard: Dodgers, Nats, Rangers, Rockies Sweep

The 3-day Alphabetical Scoreboard below shows the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday to become one of four teams to sweep their series this weekend (Nationals over Phillies, Rangers over Astros and Rockies over Pirates the others). As documented in "Last Place Marlins End Braves 14-Game Winning Streak," there is no better than a 36.2% chance sweeping a three-game series. Aug 11, 2013 6:29 PM PT

Olympics Asked to Add Pole Dancing

Last year I was told, "You need a party bus to get people to the School Choice rally." My response was, "Please tell me you are not talking about a bus with a pole in it." Now people want dancers, not just pole vaulters, to have poles at the Olympics. Aug 11, 2013 10:42 AM PT

Last Place Marlins End Braves 14-Game Winning Streak

The Braves' Jordan Walden's pitch broke sharply under the glove of catcher Evan Gattis in the ninth inning, letting Adeiny Hechavarria race home to give the last place Marlins a 1-0 win to end the Braves 14-game winning streak. Aug 11, 2013 9:57 AM PT


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