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College Baseball Ratings

Well, it took me long enough but I finally got around to figuring out and releasing my college baseball ratings. As was the case for football and baseball, there are two sets, the EWP ratings and the normal (old-style) ratings.

However, there is one difference between these ratings and those for football and basketball - park factor. It's important to account for park factor in baseball and thanks to Boyd Nation's excellent work we can do that for college baseball. The first step in the ratings calculations, then, was park-adjusting each game's score. Some possible issues here are that I used a 100 park factor for all neutral site games and Seattle home games (they haven't played long enough to establish one) as well as the inability to account for park changes, either new construction or remodeling. You can see this in the fact that LSU's park factor is still clearly based mostly on the former hitter's park and not the new more pitcher-friendly version. But dammit, at least I gave it a shot.

And for those that are curious, yes, park adjustment is why Texas is not #1 in the Defense rating. The flip side, though, is that the Longhorns would be somewhere around #130 on Offense without the adjustment.