Philadelphia Phillies (MLB): 2013 Regular Season
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05-20-2013, 08:03 AM
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I can understand that, but how are these calculated and who determines what a good number is? Like, say Homer Bailey has a FIP of 2, and Cliff Lee has a FIP of 1.5 (I have no idea.) That says Bailey is better than Lee, when we know that isn't true?
After the numbers are compiled they are added to a constant to put them into terms of an ERA, so that they're easier to make sense of. So if you see an FIP belowe 3.00 you'd think of it as an ERA below 3.00. FIP is comprised of K's, BB's, and HR's since the pitcher has more control over these numbers than something like Runs, which the defense can help out or hurt you in. FIP stands for Fielder Independent Pitching.
It is also an account of what has actually happened, so if someone is striking out more people and walking fewer people, while not letting up home runs they will have a better FIP. For example Halladay lead the league in FIP in 2011 and was 2nd to Cliff Lee in 2010.
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