Just the Stats: Pick Me a Winner

The following statistics are completely true pieces of information. Use them at your own risk. Results may vary.

How the West Will Be Won
The AFC West will be fun to follow in the final eight weeks of the NFL season. After the Oakland Raiders held off the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football, they sit atop football’s only division featuring three 6-win teams (no other division has more than one). Even more fun is that there is no statistic that all three teams excel in. The Chiefs and Broncos are allowing fewer than 19 points per game; the Raiders are averaging over 400 yards per game; the Raiders and Chiefs have turned the ball over six and seven times, respectively; the Broncos are fourth in yards per game allowed. My pick for the AFC West? The Raiders, who have the easiest remaining schedule (.542 opponent win percentage) in the division (Broncos .766, Chiefs .557).

Anthony Davis is Silly-Good at Basketball
Yes, Anthony Davis has injury problems. Yes, Anthony Davis plays for the 0-7 New Orleans Pelicans. I don’t care. The dude is absurd. Know how many people have posted a better PER than Davis’ 30.81 PER in the 2014-15 season? Four. Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Steph Curry. Sure, Davis is seven games into the season, but he could be the 10th-ever to average 30 points and 10 rebounds per game, the fourth-ever to average 2 blocks and 2 steals per game, and only one person is remotely close to Davis’ averages at this point in 2016-17. Brow gonna brow.

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When you score 50 points on Opening Night, you get to do this.

‘Tis the [MLB Award] Season
The finalists for Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young, and Most Valuable Player awards were announced today, and the winners will be announced over the next 10 days. I’ll make some predictions, and I’m sure the rest of the group here will join the conversation. For starters, just know that Mike Trout has finished in the top-3 of MVP voting for the fifth-consecutive season, which has been accomplished only by Trout, Albert Pujols, and Barry Bonds. Decent company, to say the least. Not good enough for you? How about his company in the highest WAR over any five-year span in MLB history – Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Bonds, Ted Williams, Rogers Hornsby. That better? Mike Trout for MVP of the World coming next week.

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