What does WHIP stand for in baseball?

Here's what it means

What does WHIP stand for in baseball?


WHIP stands for "Walks and Hits Per Inning Pitched". WHIP is one of the most commonly used statistics for evaluating a pitcher's performance, according to MLB. The statistic shows how well a pitcher has kept runners off the basepaths, one of his main goals. The formula is simple enough — it's the sum of a pitcher's walks and hits, divided by his total innings pitched. The pitchers with the lowest WHIPs are generally the best pitchers in the league — which makes sense, because the best pitchers should be able to prevent baserunners. However, WHIP does not consider the way in which a hitter reached base. (Obviously, home runs are more harmful to pitchers than walks.) Hit batsmen, errors and hitters who reach via fielder's choice do not count against a pitcher's WHIP.


So where did the term come from? Daniel Okrent, a writer who invented rotisserie league fantasy baseball, coined the term in 1979, initially calling it innings pitched ratio. The term eventually developed into WHIP.

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