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Pitches per Start
Pitches per Innings Pitched
(AB + BB + HBP + SF + SH + defensive interference)
The divisor for On Base Percentage: At Bats plus Walks plus Hit By Pitcher plus Sacrifice Flies; or Plate Appearances minus Sacrifice Hits and Times Reached Base on Defensive Interference.
Plate Appearances per Strikeout
Painting the Black
When a pitcher throws the ball over the edge of the plate.
Passed Ball
A pitch not hit by the batter that gets past the catcher, which otherwise should have been caught or stopped.
Passed Balls
Pcs (Pitchers' Caught Stealing)
The number of runners officially counted as Caught Stealing where the initiator of the fielding play was the pitcher, not the catcher. Note: such plays are often referred to as pickoffs, but appear in official records as Caught Stealings. The most common pitcher caught stealing scenario is a 1-3-6 fielding play, where the runner is officially charged a Caught Stealing because he broke for second base. Pickoff (fielding play 1-3 being the most common) is not an official statistic.
A ball traveling at high speed, either batted or thrown.
A strong throw resulting in an out
Dan Peltier ('87-'89) was an academic and athletic All-American, with his .406 career batting average ranking first in Irish history (he ranks second with 60 doubles and 202 RBI). Peltier played in the Majors with the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants. PLAYERS OF THE YEAR - Five Irish players have been named conference player or pitcher of the year (since '83). Third baseman Brant Ust (below right) and righthander Brad Lidge (left) were the fourth set of teammates to win the BIG EAST's top awards in the same season ('98). Ust became the third sophomore ever named BIG EAST player of the year, joining former Seton Hall great Mo Vaughn and Connecticut's Jason Grabowski. Three Irish players received player-of-the-year honors from the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (no pitcher award): OFs Dan Peltier ('89) and Eric Danapilis ('93) and LHP Tom Price ('94).
Pepper is a common pre-game exercise where one player bunts brisk grounders and line drives to a group of fielders who are standing about 20 feet away. The fielders try to throw it back as quickly as possible. The batter hits the return throw. (Some ballparks ban pepper games because wild pitches could land in the stands and injure spectators).
Percentage of Pitches Taken
This tells you how often a player lets a pitch go by without swinging.
Percentage of Swings Put in Play
This tells you how often a player hits the ball into fair territory, or is retired on a foul-ball out, when he swings.
Perfect Game
A game where a pitcher allows no batter to reach base safely. There have been only fifteen perfect games pitched in the major leagues since 1900.
A good defensive play by an infielder on a ground ball. Also a shortened version of "pick-off."
Pick Off
An attempt by the pitcher to get a base runner out by throwing to the base from the stretch position.
Pick Offs (Pk)
Number of times a pitcher has successfully prevented a base stealer from advancing.
A rundown.
Pickoffs (Pk)
The number of times a runner was picked off base by a pitcher.
Pinch Hitter
A hitter who substitutes in the line-up for a starting player. The original batter canít return to the game, so the pinch hitter or a third person takes over the defensive position as well.
Pinch Runner
A player entering the game to run for someone already on base.
Pitcher/Batter Match-Ups
The following conditions must be met before a player is added to the list: a) There must be greater than 10 plate appearances between the batter and the pitcher; and b) Batters must have a .300 average against a pitcher to be considered a "Hits Best Against" candidate, and pitchers must limit hitters to under .250 to be listed under "Pitches Best Vs." Thus, not all hitters will have five pitchers that qualify and not all pitchers will have five batters who qualify.
Pitching Rotation
The order in which the starting pitchers take turns starting games, usually with three or four days rest between starts.
When a pitch is thrown wide of the strike zone on purpose. A catcher will signal for a pitchout if they think that a runner is trying to steal.
Pivot Percentage
The number of double plays turned by a second baseman as the pivot man, divided by the number of opportunities.
Pkof Throw/Runner
The number of pickoff throws made by a pitcher divided by the number of runners on first base.
Plate Appearance
The aggregate of a player's at-bats, walks, sacrifice hits (bunts and flies) and hit by pitches.
Plate Appearances
At Bats plus Total Walks plus Hit By Pitcher plus Sacrifice Hits plus Sacrifice Flies plus Times Reached on Defensive Interference.
Plate Appearances (Pa)
Number of plate appearances versus the pitcher. Formula: (AB + SF + SH + BB + Catchers Interference + HBP)
Players to Be Named
A player to be named (later) is a term used for an undecided player or a player ineligible to be traded at the time of a trade. Players to be named must play in a different league than the league they are traded to. Sometimes the team which offers the player to be named later will submit a list of names to the other team to choose from by a certain date. Other times a player is on the disabled list. In rare cases, the player to be named is a recently drafted player, who cannot be traded until at least a year after his signing. Trades must be completed within six months of their initial announcement.
Playoff Rosters
Playoff rosters must be set at 25, not including disabled players, on August 31. For each player on the 60-day DL, teams may add players to the eligible list during the playoffs at the same position, provided that they were in the orginization on August 31. This is why some teams will bring up injured minor-league players and put them on the 60-day DL. Teams must choose 25 players from their playoff eligible list before each round of the playoffs.
Position (Posn)
Any one of nine available field locations.
Power/Speed Number
A way to look at power and speed in one number. A player must score high in both areas to earn a high Power/Speed Number. The formula: (HR x SB x 2) divided by (HR + SB).
Pull Hitter
A batter that generally hits to the same side of the field that he bats. (eg, righthanded pull hitter hits to the left side of the field).
A strikeout.
Put Outs (Po)
Number of times a defensive player was the final player in a play, which resulted in an out.
In scoring, a fielder is credited with a putout if he receives the ball to put out a baserunner or a hitter.
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