WHO: Bruce Bukiet, Ph.D., an associate professor of mathematical sciences at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), an expert in numerical methods and mathematical modeling, has issued his baseball playoff predictions for 2004. Bukiet bases his predictions on the 2004 performance of the players on each team, using his mathematical model for run production.
WHAT: The Boston Red Sox have the greatest chance of advancing to the League Championship Series, while the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves are also likely to advance. The series between the Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees should be the most hotly contested, with the Twins having a slight edge of 51 to 49 percent. “The Twins’ edge in pitching makes up for the Yankees’ dominance in hitting,” says Bukiet. The Red Sox/Angels series should be the most one-sided, added Bukiet, with the Red Sox having a nearly 80 percent chance of winning. In the National League, the Braves have a 60 percent of beating the Houston Astros, and the Cardinals have a 65 percent chance of defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers. For periodic updates, visit Bukiet’s website: http://m.njit.edu/~bukiet/.
WHEN: Bukiet is available to illustrate his mathematical model or to discuss it over the phone with reporters during weekdays.
WHERE: He’s available for interviews either at his office at 518 Cullimore Hall or by phone: (973) 596-8392. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
BACKGROUND: Bukiet has discussed his baseball model on CNN Headline News. He’s also been interviewed by CBC radio featured in the Jerusalem Post, the National Post (Canada) and other publications.