Baseball Scoreboards Are Read From Left To Right
To read the baseball scoreboard on TV, simply start at the left-most column and work your way to the right. The numerals in each column will increase as you move from left to right.
Sam Miller/ESPN. It’s the Runs/Hits/Errors box, which we’ll refer to going forward as The R/H/E. The R/H/E appears on every major league scoreboard, above every box score of every game on Baseball Reference, on every television graphic going into and coming out of every commercial break.
In mathematical terms, on-base percentage is calculated by taking the total number of hits, walks, and hit by pitch, and dividing it by the total number of at bats, walks, hit by pitch, and sacrifice flies.
As a whole, “6+4+3=2” is baseball slang for saying that a double play occurred. In this type of double play, the shortstop fields the ball, throws the ball to the second baseman for the first out, who then throws the ball to the first baseman for the second out.
Baseball scoreboards are read from left to right, with the name of the teams listed to the far left. Numbers one through nine indicates each inning and the numbers below show how many runs were scored in each inning. R, H, and E show how many runs, hits, and errors occurred during the entire game.
In the USA and GB, the winning team’s score is listed first unless specially stated otherwise. Thus, 15 to 10 is the normal way to report this score. An alternative way is to say something like Team 2 is trailing Team 1, 10-15.
A GIDP occurs when a player hits a ground ball that results in multiple outs on the bases. The most common double plays are ground balls where a forceout is made on the player running from first to second base, then another forceout is made on the batter running to first base.
A walk (or base on balls) occurs when a pitcher throws four pitches out of the strike zone, none of which are swung at by the hitter. After refraining from swinging at four pitches out of the zone, the batter is awarded first base. In the scorebook, a walk is denoted by the letters BB.
In baseball statistics, total bases is the number of bases a player gains with hits. It is a weighted sum with values of 1 for a single, 2 for a double, 3 for a triple and 4 for a home run. For example, three singles is three total bases, while a double and a home run is six total bases.
Why is the shortstop #6 and not #5? This was because originally, in the early days of baseball, the shortstop was the fourth outfielder. Later, the shortstop was moved permanently to the infield but his number stuck at #6.
Left on Base Percentage (LOB%), also known as Strand Rate, is one of the simpler advanced statistics to calculate. It is simply the number of base-runners that a pitcher leaves on base at the end of an inning divided by the total base-runners that they allow.
The Fielding positions are numbered. F1 - Pitcher. F2 - Catcher. F3 - 1st Base. F4 - 2nd Base.
BA - Batting average (also abbreviated AVG) - hits divided by at bats. BB - Base on balls (also called a “walk”) - times receiving four balls and advancing to first base. BB/K - Walk-to-strikeout ratio - number of base on balls divided by number of strikeouts. XBH - Extra base hits - doubles plus triples plus home runs.
Note: Technically, the all-time Major League record is 18 runs by the Chicago White Stockings (now the Cubs) against the long-defunct Detroit Wolverines on Sept. 6, 1883.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the team that scored first in 2009 won 66.4 percent of the games played. Since 2000, it falls into a 64-67 percent win ratio. That statistic obviously has far more impact on the game than any stat that has been developed in the past twenty years or so.
The first inning was the highest-scoring inning 85 times, or nearly 87%. Of the 13 seasons where it wasn’t, six happened before World War II – so since 1945, the first inning had been the highest-scoring 91% of the time.
F means Final, indicating the game is complete.
If the hitter grounds out to shortstop, for example, write in “6-3,” which shows the shortstop threw him out at first base. If the hitter flies out to left field, write a “7.”
The scoring symbol “K” was first used in the scoring of an actual game in 1868. One reason the letter “K” was used because “K” was the prominent letter of the word strike. Another reason the letter “K” is used is that it is made with 3 strokes of the pencil, symbolizing the 3 strikes for the strikeout.
Definition. A single occurs when a batter hits the ball and reaches first base without the help of an intervening error or attempt to put out another baserunner. Singles are the most common type of hit in baseball, and they occur in many varieties. If a batter beats out a bunt or an infield dribbler – it’s a single.
A hold is an unofficial statistic that measures the effectiveness of middle relievers. A hold is granted to a relief pitcher who enters a game with his team in the lead in a save situation, and hands over that lead to another reliever without the score having been tied in the interim.