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Pitching Statistcs and Fantasy Baseball

Updated on February 1, 2010

The explosion of fantasy baseball leagues has made baseball statistics very popular.  So popular in fact, that children as young as seven or eight years old are exploring how to score baseball to learn about baseball statistics.  

Fantasy baseball is a great hobby that father and son (or daughter) can use to bond and spend some quality time.  The best for dad and the family to get involved in fantasy baseball is to learn the most important baseball statistics.  Baseball statistics can be grouped into three main categories: offensive statistics, defensive statistics and pitching statistics. 

Let's take a look at understanding the pitcher's statistics and which ones are the most important from a fantasy baseball standpoint.  The baseball pitching statistics below appear in alphabetical order.

Complete Game (CG)
Complete games are the number of games where the player was the only pitcher for his team

Earned Run Average (ERA)
In order to understand earned run average you must first understand what an earned run is.  An earned run (ER) is a run given up by a pitcher that wasn't a result of an error or a passed ball.
The acronym ERA is baseball term used for earned run average.  It is calculated the total number of runs given up by the pitcher, multiplied by 9 and divided by innings pitched.  If a pitcher is taken out with two outs in an inning, he is credited with pitching 2/3 of an inning.
(Runs given up X 9)/Innings pitched))

Games (G)
Games is defined as the number of times a pitcher pitches in a season.  It is also known as "appearances". A pitcher must face at least one batter to be credited as a "pitching appearance".

Game Starts (GS)
Game Starts is the number of games pitched where player was the first pitcher for his team

Innings Pitched (IP)
Innings Pitched is the number of outs recorded while pitching divided by three.  It is divided by 3 to account for partial innings.

Strike Outs (K)
Strike Outs is the number of batters who received strike three.  Batters can strike out swinging at a pitch or not swinging at a pitch that the umpire rules a strike.  Pitches that foul tipped into the catcher's glove on the third strike are considered a strike out from a baseball statistics standpoint.

Shutout (SHO)
A Shutout is one of the most impressive pitching statistics.  It is the number of complete games pitched with no runs allowed.

Saves (Saves)
A save can be a complicated statistic to score in baseball. It is number of games where the pitcher enters a game led by the pitcher's team, finishes the game without surrendering the lead, is not the winning pitcher, and either (a) the lead was three runs or less when the pitcher entered the game; (b) the potential tying run was on base, at bat, or on deck; or (c) the pitcher pitched three or more innings.

Wins (W)
Wins is perhaps the most important pitching statistic from a team standpoint. It is the number of games where pitcher was pitching while his team took the lead and went on to win.

Fantasy baseball is a great way to bond with your family and knowing how to score baseball is the way to learn more about baseball statistics. 

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