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Yankees and Twins To Advance to League Championship; Dodgers and Padres To Advance in National League, Says NJIT Math Professor

The New York Yankees have better than a 3 in 4 chance of defeating the Detroit Tigers in their best of 5 series beginning tonight, said Bruce Bukiet, PhD, associate professor in the department of mathematical sciences at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

Bukiet's mathematical model, which was published in the journal Operations Research, computes the probability of a team  winning a game against another team with given hitters, bench, starting pitcher, relievers and home field advantage.

ATTENTION EDITORS: Bukiet has appeared on CNN Headline News and has been featured in the Jerusalem Post. He is available for interviews either in his office at 518 Cullimore Hall or by phone at 973-596-8392.  His email address is bukiet@m.njit.edu.

In the other American League (AL) match-up, Bukiet said that the Minnesota Twins have a 71 percent chance of defeating the Oakland A's. “So, it looks as if the AL Championship series will have the Yankees facing the Twins,” he added.

In the National League, the teams are more evenly matched. The Los Angeles Dodgers have a 58 percent chance of defeating the New York Mets, while the San Diego Padres have a 62 percent chance of defeating the St. Louis Cardinals.

Bukiet, an avid Mets fan, said that winning the first game can change a team's fortunes markedly. If the Mets win the first game, their chances of advancing increase from 42 percent to 62 percent. If the Cardinals win in the first game, their chances of winning, according to Bukiet, improve 38 percent to 57 percent.

For the past six years, Bukiet has been using his model to determine whether it is worthwhile to wager on games during the baseball season. His picks (posted on www.egrandslam.com) and http://m.njit.edu/~bukiet/playoffs.htm) will feature daily updates on the chances of each team winning the Division Series, the Championship Series and the World Series. Such postings have led to positive results for five of the past six years.

Bukiet’s research concerns the mathematical modeling of physical phenomena. Current interests include biomedical applications of mathematics, including stresses in the heart and modeling the dynamics of flow in the human lung. He also works in the application of mathematical modeling for sports and gambling, in particular for understanding baseball. His publications include "Mechanical Properties of Diseased Hearts in Adaptation," Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Apr. 2002). Bukiet recently received the NJIT Excellence in Teaching Award for Outstanding Work. Bukiet received his PhD in mathematics from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University.

For more details, contact Bukiet 973-596-8392 or bukiet@m.njit.edu.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.