SoSH Glossary: Fielding Independent Pitching

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Fielding Independent Pitching

Fielding Independent Pitching, or FIP, is a statistic that attempts to measure only the things that a pitcher can control. FIP’s goal is to remove the effects of defense, luck, and the sequencing of offensive events to figure out how a pitcher performed on his own. It relies on home runs allowed, walks allowed, hit batsmen, and strike outs events which do not involve any fielders. The statistic is expressed in the same manner as ERA, making it easy to compare the two values.

How Is It Calculated?

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The FIP constant accounts for the current run environment, but does not control for park effects nor the pitcher’s league. FIP was developed thanks to research done by Voros McCraken, who determined that pitchers’ statistics that were dependent on balls in play did not correlate well across seasons.

Point To Consider

Fielding Independent Pitching is a predictive statistic. It should not be used to determine how a pitcher performed in a game or over a period of time, but rather how a pitcher should continue to perform in the future.

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