The iPhone app is out: 2nd Guesser
Hey, it’s time for naked promotion time, and a small part of why I haven’t been posting so much lately: you can now check out and buy the iPhone app that’s been in development for the last few months, built by my dad and I (mostly my dad, who has a couple of other fine language apps in the store). It’s called 2nd Guesser, and it’s a couple bucks.
It lets you track the game situation as it evolves, a live win expectancy as you go, along with and run expectation for that inning given the current situation. Here’s the game view:
There’s also the managerial view, which allows you to game out whether it’s a good idea to steal, bunt, or intentionally walk the hitter in the current situation
You’ve probably seen me rant about this kind of in-game stuff here on USSM over and over, citing Tango’s Inside the Book, massive studies on when it makes sense to bunt, or how crazy it is to intentionally walk batters in most situations where it’s considered normal.
I really think using run expectations and WPA are key to understanding effective in-game strategies, and I hope that in offering a really easy way to experiment with tactics, especially as you follow a game, it’ll make all of this more relevant and understandable.
I know, it’s a niche app, designed to serve you, watching a game and wondering whether it’s worth bunting a guy over if you’re the home team tied in the ninth. But I think it’s pretty cool, and it’s got a lot of potential to grow. Over the off-season we’re planning on making further improvements (for free!), including working on the UI based on early feedback, building out the managerial interface, and as the M’s like to say, much, much more. So if you have thoughts, drop me a line, unless you’re going to talk about the price point.
Anyway, many more photos follow after the break here. Check it out.