Yesterday, Clemson Baseball put out a nice graphic that included metrics compiled by junior left-hander and ACC pitcher of the year Matthew Crownover. While the graphic was eye catching and paid ample tribute to the season Crownover is having, my mind works in a different way. What do those (and other) stats really mean on a game by game basis?
- A 1.42 ERA means Crownover gives up an earned run every 6 and one-third innings pitched.
- 91 strikeouts and 36 pop up outs means 1 of every 3 batters Crownover has faced in 2015 has either struck out or popped up.
- 127 strikeouts and pop ups combined means 42 and one-third of Crownovers 95 innings pitched were strike outs and pop ups.
- 64 hits given up in 95 innings pitched means .67 hits allowed per inning pitched.
- 14 extra base hits given up equals 1 per start and/or 1 extra base hit per 27.2 batters faced.
- A .251 opponent slugging percentage means the average official at bat gets the batter a quarter of the way to first base.
- 86 total bases given up against 381 batters faced means the average batter gets 0.23 total bases of Crownover.
All of the above and the way Crownover handles himself with grace and humility whether winning or losing means he’s a joy to watch pitch and incredibly easy to root for.