Do You Really Need Trash Cans?

Predicting The Next Pitch with Machine Learning

The 2019–2020 MLB off-season was dominated by the revelation that the Houston Astros stole opposing pitcher’s signs during their 2017 World Series-winning season. This was accomplished by looking at a live camera feed from center field in an area just off the dugout and communicating the next pitch to the batter by banging on a trash can. This got me thinking, “Could machine learning predict what pitch was coming next? Do you even need to be stealing signs, or just a computer?”

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