What Does "WHIP" Stand for in Baseball?

What Does "WHIP" Stand for in Baseball?

What Does "WHIP" Stand for in Baseball?

In baseball, the acronym WHIP stands for "walks plus hits per inning pitched" and is a way of measuring the efficacy of a pitcher. WHIP essentially measures the number of base runners allowed by each pitcher and is used in sabermetric player analysis.

WHIP was invented in 1979 as a way of tracking pitcher effectiveness beyond the earned run average. If a pitcher's WHIP is at or below 1.00 for the season, it indicates an impressive performance and possibly a league-leading athlete. As of 2014, the single-season WHIP record is 0.7373, earned by Pedro Martinez of the Boston Red Sox in the 2000 season.