Presentation Title: Optimal Fastball Locations in Two-Strike Counts

Section: Predicting the Future III

Location: , 219

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 2:10pm - 2:25pm


Despite many useful applications, the baseball analytical community has placed little focus on applying Game Theory to define optimal strategies for pitchers and hitters. We present the optimal strategy for pitcher’s location of fastballs in two-strike counts given the hitter’s best response. This model is set apart from previous solutions because we model the locations as a continuous strategy set, rather than discretely as in or out of the strike zone. Therefore, we are able to solve for the both the pitcher and hitter’s payoffs at all possible locations. This model can be used as a tool to ensure that hitters and pitchers are behaving optimally in the two-strike setting.

Type of Presentation: Individual oral

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Presentation Area: Economics

Presentation Topic: Science & Technology

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Presenter(s): Tenenbaum, Kevin James
Major(s): Mathematical Sciences
Class Year(s): 2015

Sponsor(s): Allen, David N.
Dept(s): Biology

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