Swarming MLB: UNU’s Picks for 4-21


One of the most popular bits of conventional wisdom in all of sports is that there’s nothing quite as unpredictable as baseball. Unanimous A. I. begs to disagree with that time-honored sentiment. On Tuesday an UNU Swarm of baseball fans picked the winners of 11 of 14 games played on Wednesday night. That performance followed close on the heels of the previous week, when all four of the highest-confidence games the swarm predicted came in as wins.

The research team at Unanimous A. I. is eager to build off these winning predictions, and brought together another swarm of fans Thursday night to predict today’s outcomes. With many teams now closing in on having played 10 percent or more of their games, these fans are now equipped with some data to hone in on making the most accurate picks possible.

One of the games that jumps out from that chart is the one listed at the top. The Yankees are in Pittsburgh this season for a series with Bucs (prepare the 1960 throwback uniforms) and tonight’s game pits veteran C. C. Sabathia against prized Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow. Glasnow’s minor league numbers have been spectacular, but his results at the major league level suggest he’s still something of a work in progress. Sabathia, on the other hand, has started the season off well, building off his strong finish at the end of 2016. It’s probably also worth noting that the Yankees are the hottest team in the majors right now, so it makes some sense that the swarm picked them to win. However, the general public, as expressed through wagering lines at online sports books, seems to have inflated the Pirates’ chances here tonight. Pittsburgh may indeed win, but from the standpoint of the UNU swarm this looks like a very interesting game.

Every week during the MLB season, Unanimous A.I. will be conducting swarms to pick the outcomes of games. If you’d like to either join a swarm or just get the predictions weekly, feel free to drop us a line below.