by Luckey Helms
Welcome back to another exciting explanation of advanced baseball statistics. Before long, you’ll be channeling your inner-sabermetrician and creating your own stats, acronyms and initialisms. This week, we’ll take a look at a few more common statistics not explored thus far.
Assist (A) – A defensive player earns an assist when he fields or touches a ball before a putout. Only one assist can be earned by each player during a recorded out. A pitcher does not earn assists for strikeouts, but he would earn an assist for fielding a bunt and throwing a runner out at first. Ordinarily, infielders have far more assists than outfielders. Assists are known by some statisticians as baserunner kills or baserunner holds.
Double Play (DP) – A double play occurs when a team makes two outs during a series of continuous action. Perhaps the most common example occurs with a batter’s ground ball and a runner on first base. If a shortstop fields the ball, he can often throw it to the second baseman, at second base, who will then relay it to first. If these throws both beat the runner, there will be a double play. Obviously, ground ball pitchers will induce more double plays than fly ball pitchers. Double Plays Started (DPS) and Double Plays Turned (DPT) are two fielding statistics that some statisticians are starting to incorporate in more complicated defensive efficiency formulas.
Runners in Scoring Position (RISP) – A runner is in scoring position if he is on second or third base. These bases are considered “scoring position” because it is possible to score on an extra base hit. A team’s runners left in scoring position, over the course of a season, is a common measure of a team’s offensive efficiency. BARISP, or Batting Average with Runners in Scoring Position, is a good “clutch” statistic because it demonstrates a batter’s ability to capitalize on RBI opportunities.
Runners Left on Base (LOB) – A runner is left on base when the half-inning ends and he has not scored or been put out. Consequently, he is still “on base” when the third out is recorded. LOB% measures the percentage of runners that a pitcher strands over the course of a season and is another “clutch” statistic because it indicates how well a pitcher performs with runners on base.
That will do it for this week’s lesson. As always, stayed tuned next week for another look into the world of baseball stats. Furthermore, feel free to let us know if there’s a particular statistic you’d like covered and we’d be happy to explore it. Best of luck with your squads as the season comes to a close!