2019 MLB Draft Guide: Understanding BABIP and its Trends
Whether it's a hot or cold start in MLB, analysts turn to BABIP for explanations. Steve Pimental takes you through, not just the stat, but how to read it, understand its trends and use it to your advantage.
“Do you know what the difference between hitting .250 and .300 is? That's 25 hits...25 hits in 500 at bats is 50 points...ok. There's 6 months in a season. That's about 25 weeks.That means if you get just one extra flare a week, just one. A gork, you get a ground ball, you get a ground ball with eyes! You get a dying quail, just one more dying quail a week and you're in Yankee Stadium.” – Crash Davis (Bull Durham, 1988)
That, ladies and gentlemen, is BABIP in a nutshell. Sometimes it really is better to be lucky than good. One of the primary ways to measure the role luck plays in hitting and pitching is BABIP. That being said, there is much more to BABIP than just luck. Understanding BABIP and what goes into it can be very important for fantasy players looking for an advantage over their league mates.
What is BABIP?
BABIP is an acronym for batting average on balls in play. BABIP measures how often batted balls fall for hits. One way to think of BABIP is batting average if...