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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Injury-Free NL Central Projections

Chris Carpenter (pictured) hit 94 mph with his fastball while throwing 38 of 54 pitches for strikes in his first rehab start the day before the All-Star game. If he is called up to the majors within the month it would give the Cardinals a nice edge over the strong Pirates club in the division challenging the AL East as the best division in baseball. Overall all five teams have been relatively healthy as the Reds try to join the two front-runners to make the Central the first division to ever have the top three teams in a league. Jul 17, 2013 4:10 PM PT

Injury-Free NL East Projections

The Nationals will get a huge boost from both Ross Ohlendorf being on the mound more and Wilson Ramos (pictured) finally being able to catch most days as he seems back 100% after knee surgery. However, even if every NL East team were at full strength in the first half the Braves likely would have had a four game lead over the Nationals. The projections for the first half if everyone was healthy are shown below. Jul 17, 2013 3:15 PM PT

Playoff Projections with Healthy Dodgers, Yankees

The Yankees and Dodgers should be the biggest beneficiaries of players getting in a full 2nd half of action after missing much or all of the first half. The following are the playoff projections if the All-Star break stats were adjusted based on how many wins each team would have likely won if all players were healthy for the entire first half (Breitbart Sports will break down the numbers in separate posts on each division): Jul 15, 2013 3:58 PM PT

10 MLB Players Who Can Lead Second-Half Surge

Breitbart Sports calculates which players will help their teams the most if they get in a full second half. If Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez are the left side of the Yankees infield, Chris Carpenters' minor league start Monday leads to him being back with the Cardinals, and Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez play anywhere near their first-half level for the rest of the season, then all three teams will be contenders. Here are the 10 players who would have improved their team the most if they could have played the entire first half. Jul 15, 2013 3:57 PM PT

Braves' McCann Replaces Teammate Freeman in All-Star Game

Dodgers' rookie Yasiel Puig has received more votes than any other player in the history of the final fan All-Star vote except for Freddie Freeman. Unfortunately for Puig, his vote occurred the same year as Freeman. And when it was announced that Freeman would not play in the game, Freeman's teammate Brian McCann replaced him on the roster. Jul 14, 2013 4:55 PM PT

Minor Slows NL Central's Attempt to Make History

The Atlanta Braves' Mike Minor stopped the NL Central from finishing Saturday with the top three teams in the league, something that no team has ever done. The Cincinnati Reds led 2-1 in the fifth inning with a chance to catch the Braves for the third spot behind their divisional foes St. Louis and Pittsburgh, but Minor doubled in two runs to improve his record to 9-4 and lower his ERA to 3.02. Jul 13, 2013 3:59 PM PT

Pirates Stay Humble, Fans Loyal

PITTSBURGH - Jeff Locke talked humbly to three reporters in the locker room Friday quietly saying, “the important thing” is trying to help the Pirates win the next game. On the way up the steps for batting practice Clint Hurdle said he was sad his father had just left after the two had spent the last 12 days together. “We were back in Little League mode, he was following me around making me pick everything up.” The team is still humble, but the fans packed PNC Park for 11th inning win Friday. Jul 13, 2013 5:19 AM PT

Pirates Beat Mets 3-2 in 11 Innings

PITTSBURGH – In the Breitbart Sports photo above, Gonzalez Germen delivers the pitch Friday that was grounded up the middle for a game-winning single in the 11th inning to give the Pirates a 3-2 win over the Mets. Andrew McCutchen raced home from second base to give the Pirates a 9-game playoff cushion at 55-36. They need to win just 26 of their final 71 games to end their record streak of 20 consecutive losing seasons. Jul 13, 2013 5:18 AM PT

ESPN: It's Okay to Stare (at Nude Photos)

ESPN apologized 73 days ago for airing a commentator's Christian views, but no apology is expected from the sports network for anyone offended by the millions of viewers who were surprised when they (or their children) were suddenly confronted with the words, "It's okay to stare" in large print next to nude photos of Colin Kaepernick and other athletes when they went to check scores at Wednesday. Jul 10, 2013 10:44 PM PT

Four Pitchers, Batters May Propel Dodgers to 1st

The Dodgers hobbled through most of the season with little more than two dominant pitchers and one good hitter. However, the team that traveled to first place Arizona suddenly has four strong batters and four strong starting pitchers. They have dominated two games in a row and now have a chance to leave Arizona just 1 ½ games out of first with Hyun-Jin Ryu (2.82 ERA) on the mound Wednesday. Jul 10, 2013 5:33 AM PT

Cavs Gamble Bynum Will Be Their Center

With star point guard Kyrie Irving in place, the Cleveland Cavaliers had the opportunity to use the number one pick in the recent NBA Draft to nail down the center position with Nerlens Noel, or at least Cody Zeller or Alex Len, to build a line-up around a possible return of LeBron James at the end of his Miami contract. Not only did they pass on a center then, but they passed on Kansas Center Jeff Withey with the 31st and 33rd pick. Now it appears they had a plan. Jul 9, 2013 7:43 AM PT

Red-Hot L.A. Baseball Teams on 22-5 Run

Both Los Angeles teams teams seemed doomed at 12-games below .500 a couple of weeks ago. The Angels seemed unable to overcome the starts lost when Jered Weaver's arm was fractured by a line drive April 7 (pictured), while the Dodgers were paying over $47 million to three players who have still produced zero wins according to WAR (Matt Kemp, Josh Beckett and Ted Lilly). The salaries and values of the players who have produced wins on both teams are listed below. Jul 8, 2013 12:08 AM PT

Did Weidman Trick Silva with Pre-Fight Strategy?

Anderson Silva and his camp always let opponents do the talking on strategy, and Chris Weidman seemed to be falling into the same trap in the days leading up to their battle for the UFC Middleweight title. Instead, it seemed Weidman may have outfoxed Silva to end his reign. Weidman talked about needing to get Silva down to wrestle on the mat, and then to continue to grind out a win instead of getting over anxious as a previous Silva opponent had done. Jul 6, 2013 11:28 PM PT

MLB All-Star Rosters: Machado Top Reserve

As if Orioles do not have enough reasons to watch the All-Star game with three players in the starting line-up, Wins Above Replacement (WAR) calculates that another Oriole is the most valuable player in the league. Third baseman Manny Machado has produced 5.0 additional wins for the Orioles according to WAR, but he happens to play the same position as the second best player in the league. Below are the rankings for the 48 players who will start the game on the bench or in the bullpen. Jul 6, 2013 7:24 PM PT

WAR Gives NL Starters Slight Edge

Wins Above Replacement (WAR) gives the NL starters a slight edge over the American League lineup if the NL chooses to start Carlos Gomez at DH and Clayton Kershaw on the mound. WAR says those 10 players would be about 61-27 so far this year even with no other standouts on the roster, while the AL All-Stars with Chris Sale on the mound would be 60-28. The value of each All-Star starter so far this season is listed below: Jul 6, 2013 6:55 PM PT


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