@kramer0 does a fantastic job of presenting the analytic stuff in a way that I can (mostly) understand, though. I am constantly amazed, as it would seem that footy would be much harder to reduce to numerical formulas than baseball and basketball.
Analytics, metrics, or whatever you want to call it, works perfect for baseball. At least the individual player stats in my opinion. In baseball you can take Mike Trout and put him on any team and he'll basically
have the same numbers. The only thing really effecting his hitting, other than himself, is who hits behind him. In football it matters who you play with on what team. This is why I find individual analytical stats(not team stats) really hard to grasp in other team sports other than baseball.
Baseball is unique in that it is a very individualist team sport so you can break down every play that every player makes because he's pretty much the only one involved.
This is what I see anyway. I could be way off the mark and I'd gladly listen to @kramer0
or anyone else tell me otherwise.
P.S. I would love it if @kramer0
started a "getting to know analytics" thread. If he's up to it? Then we won't have to talk about it in here.