Terms readers will need to be acquainted with in this article:
Batting Average on Balls In Play (BABIP) : a pitcher's average on batted balls, excluding homers, that end a plate appearance. Highlights how much luck and defense factored into a pitcher's outing. League mean is around .300. Low figures state blessing, high figures indicate misfortune.
Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) : measures three outcomes that pitchers are responsible for - walks, home runs, strikeouts. Highlights a pitcher's performance apart from his team's defense, computes to a number similarly digested as ERA.
Expected Fielding Independent Pitching (xFIP) : adjusts FIP to standardize the home-run factor, as homers are a function of fly balls allowed and home park. Helps understand a pitcher's forecast.
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