Chris Ford


About Chris Ford

Chris Ford is the head nacho of AMSTS and generally a nice guy. Besides sports and sports analytics, he enjoys world travel, and running.

The Marlins being out of town and a holiday weekend helped buoy attendance this week, with only one team, the Pirates, drawing under 10,000, which happened to also be the only team to be outdrawn by minor league teams this week: MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Pittsburgh (16 AAA games) The NL continued to widen the gap in ejections with the help of the Brewers, who had three players ejected by Mike Estabrook on Saturday and Sunday. The NL now has a six ejection lead over the AL. Time of game crept up to 3:10 as we start to […]

MLB 2019 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 5/26: ...


The Marlins nearly had a hundred minor league games better attended than their lowest attended game of the week last week, drawing only 5,947 in to see a game last week. The Marlins averaged 10,300 which actually brought their season attendance up a bit, but overall they are averaging fewer than 10,000 fans on the season. MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Miami (51 AAA games), Seattle (6 games), Detroit and Kansas City (1 game each) MLB teams outdrawn by AA teams: Miami (29 games) MLB teams outdrawn by A teams: Miami (2 A-Advanced, 12 A games) The NL, not […]

MLB 2019 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 5/19: ...


The big surprise of the week is that only two teams across MLB were outdrawn by minor league teams, the Rays and the A’s, for a total of 35 games: MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Tampa Bay (19 AAA games), Oakland (9 games) MLB teams outdrawn by AA teams: Tampa Bay (2 games) MLB teams outdrawn by A teams: Tampa Bay (5 games) The American League caught back up with the NL in the ejections race, as both now sit at 23, with plenty of season left to go. Time of game fell down to just over three hours, […]

MLB 2019 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 5/12: ...



      The Miami Marlins and their pathetic attendance is the front line this week as the Marlins once again were outdrawn by a Single-A game three times this week, and by 26 more AAA games than any other MLB team: MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Miami (37 AAA games), Baltimore (12 games), Kansas City (6 games), Minnesota (4 games), Detroit (1 game). MLB teams outdrawn by AA teams: Miami (6 games) MLB teams outdrawn by A teams: Miami (3 games) Ejections picked back up as the NL gained some ground on its lead over the AL by […]

MLB 2019 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 5/5: ...


Tempers spiked last week with fifteen ejections, but apparently everyone got it out of their system, as only two ejections throughout baseball last week. Let’s take a look. The A’s were outdrawn by only AA and AAA teams this week, no Single-A team outdrew them, marking the first time this season an MLB team hasn’t been outdrawn by a Single-A team: MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Oakland (21 AAA games), Tampa Bay (19) Baltimore, Pittsburgh (17), Seattle, Cincinnati, Cleveland (1). MLB teams outdrawn by AA teams: Oakland (2 games), Tampa, Baltimore, Pittsburgh (1 game). MLB teams outdrawn by A […]

MLB 2019 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 4/28: ...


Tempers have gotten hot only three weeks into the season as FIFTEEN ejections doubled the season total of ejections in just a week. This was in part due to the White Sox – Royals brawl which brought in four ejections. Beyond that, plenty of other items of note this week. Let’s take a look. The Marlins reclaimed their throne as the bottom of the attendance barrel, getting outdrawn by A, AA, and AAA teams this week: MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Miami (30 AAA games), Tampa Bay (14) Baltimore, Seattle, Oakland, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Chicago White Sox, Detroit (7), Texas […]

MLB 2019 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 4/21: ...



We’re into baseball season in April, and with it come the rain delays and cancellations. Both Minnesota and Texas only played four games this week, on account of a scheduled day off and some rainouts. Meanwhile, in Baltimore, some trouble getting butts in seats, as the Orioles had the lowest attended games in Oriole Park at Camden Yards history. Let’s take a look. With plenty of Minor League teams past their Opening Day stage, not a lot of high attendance in the minors, but the Orioles managed to outdo the Marlins, which is rare: MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  […]

MLB 2019 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 4/14: ...


The 2019 MLB season has begun! Which is great news! For those of us new to Below the Box Score, we look at some of the stuff that you might not see compiled in other places, mainly MLB attendance, weather, time of game, and ejections. Let’s get into it With only a few days of minor league games happening, it was hard to be outdrawn by minor league teams, but 12 of the 30 MLB clubs somehow managed it: MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Miami (35 AAA games), Cincinnati (26), Pittsburgh (21), Kansas City (11), Cleveland and Toronto (9), […]

MLB 2019 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 4/7: ...


It’s that time of the year again. Opening Day is TOMORROW!! It’s time for baseball fans to wake up from their hibernation and look forward to the 2019 season, unless you’re an Orioles fan like me.  Anyway, for the fourth year we’re looking at which MLB Team will travel the farthest. In 2016, it was the Seattle Mariners, in 2017 it was the Oakland A’s, and in 2018 it was the Los Angeles Angels . Will an AL West team retain the throne this year? Will it be the Astros or the Rangers to help finish the division? Let’s start with the […]

Which MLB Team Will Fly the Farthest in 2019?



We’ve told you how good the AMSTS Computer Rankings are, how about we take them out for a spin on the biggest stage of the year? Below are the predictions and lines for Thursday’s NCAA Tournament games. Of course, gambling might not be legal in your jurisdiction so if you’re from one of those places please be sure to consult your local constable for alternatives. Underdog Favorite Line O/U AMSTS Prediction Difference to line Diff to O/U Minnesota Louisville -5 135.5 74-67 LOU LOU 2 5.5 Yale LSU -7 156.5 76-64 LSU LSU 5 -16.5 New Mexico State Auburn -5.5 […]

AMSTS Computer Predictions for Thursday’s NCAA Tournament Games


It’s the best time of the year, and lucky for you, you’ve stumbled upon one of the best sources NCAA Basketball information for 2018 March Madness.  With a consistent appearance in the Massey Ratings’ Top 5, AMSTS’ computer metrics are second-to-none. Anyway, you’re here for bracket advice. So let’s go with a rundown of teams most likely to upset and those most likely to be upset. The bad news? It’s unlikely we’ll see the first 16 seed upset of a 1 this season, because the top of the league feels a lot better than last year, and the bottom teams […]

Your Last Minute AMSTS Upset Specials


Well, the college basketball regular season is over, and once again the AMSTS Computer Rankings are in the top five of the Massey Composite Ranking. This year we sit #2 overall, but #1 of the total ranking systems in correlation to consensus. What does that mean? Well, we don’t win anything but a chance to inflate our egos. But if you believe that every computer system is out there attempting to best rank the teams from best to worst, then you’d have to agree that the consensus of all of those is likely close to The Objective Truth™. As such, […]

AMSTS Computer Rankings Finish in Top 5 Massey Composite For ...