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The Unlucky Red Sox Pitchers

Published by on April 30, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Batting Average of Balls in Play is a common stat used in sabermetrics to determine a relative "luck" factor. It is basically showing you for ever time a batter makes contact against a pitcher, the batting average of when that happens when it's not a home run.

Confusing? Okay, so let's give two examples:

 

Example 1

Wakefield is on the mound. He is facing Toronto's Vernon Wells.

Wakefield throws a knuckleball. Wells grounds out to second base.

Wells is 0-1. Wakefield's BABIP is .000

 

Example 2

In the alternate realty, same two players.

This time Wells lines the ball in to right field for a base hit.

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