Daily Fantasy Baseball 2015: These MLB Advanced Metrics Can Make You a Winner
When doing research on your favorite player, you may come across some statistic types you might have never heard of before. These metrics can help you win your fantasy baseball league if you know more about them and how they work.
Here are four types of MLB advanced metrics that can help you in your respective fantasy baseball leagues.
Batting Average on Balls in Play (BABIP)
(H – HR)/(AB – K – HR + SF)
The statistic is measured by a player’s contact and aggressiveness aside from striking out and walking. This measures a player’s plate discipline while also focusing on balls solely hit into the field of play.
The problem with this metric is it only shows the batting average on balls in play. This doesn’t include on-base percentage statistics such as walks, times hit by pitches and so forth.
Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz has a BABIP of .359.
Interpretation: When Cruz makes contact, he usually gets on base and makes an impact. His high BABIP indicates that he is a strong all-around hitter when he makes contact.
Walk-to-Strikeout Ratio (BB/K)
(Total Walks)/(Total Strikeouts)
This statistic measures a batter’s frequency of walking compared to his frequency of striking out, which is combined into a single ratio. A high ratio indicates that the player has great discipline, and a low ratio indicates a player has poor plate discipline.
This metric demonstrates plate discipline, which doesn’t include hits or getting hit by a pitch. It measures plate discipline from the standpoint of only walking rather than considering all areas of hitting.
Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has a walk-to-strikeout ratio of 0.29.
Interpretation: This statistic shows that Tulowitzki doesn’t have good plate discipline and strikes out far more than he walks.
Left-on-Base Percentage (LOB%)
(H + BB + HBP - R)/(H + BB + HBP - (1.4 * HR))
This metric measures a pitcher’s chances of leaving runners on base.
The problem with this statistic is that it doesn’t reflect runners not left on base who scored, home runs or other forms of hitting. A pitcher could have a high left-on-base percentage but could also have a high ERA.
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez has a left-on-base percentage of 80 percent.
Interpretation: Hernandez usually gets out of early jams and capitalizes on his opportunities.
Walks Plus Hits Per Innings Pitched (WHIP)
(Total Walks + Total Hits)/(Total Innings Pitched)
This statistic measures a pitcher’s walks and hits allowed in the form of a ratio that measures a pitcher’s command and ability to stop teams from getting on base.
This statistic doesn’t reflect runs scored or batters getting hit by a pitch. It is simply about allowing base opportunities to opposing batters.
Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez has a WHIP of 1.27.
Interpretation: Jimenez allows nearly one walk or hit per inning pitched. This exemplifies that Jimenez generally allows low-risk plays to happen and is able to get out of jams.
Metric calculations are from FanGraphs.com. Follow Curtis on Twitter: @CalhounCurtis.