Hey, there baseball fans! Or should I say pitcher’s fans in specific?

Cause if you’re looking to understand what is WHIP in baseball you are passionate about baseball, or in case I’m wrong then you are for sure just a knowledge gainer, was I right this time?

Regardless if I was right or wrong, the one thing I’m sure about is that you should scroll through to learn about the statistic WHIP in baseball and make sure you read throughout cause there are brownie pieces of information throughout the article.

**Definition of WHIP in Baseball**

WHIP is an acronym for one of the most used statistics known as the “Walks and Hits per Inning Pitched” of an MLB pitcher. WHIP is used to evaluate the performance of a pitcher by calculating the number of baserunners a pitcher gives in every inning.

**WHIP Calculator**

**Go ahead, use this calculator**, **and check the WHIP number of your player.**

To calculate WHIP, fill in the first three details, and you’ll get the WHIP number.

- Bad Pitcher = 1.5+ WHIP
- Average Pitcher = 1.3 – 1.5
- Good Pitcher = 1.1 – 1.3
- Elite Pitcher = Less than 1

**Origin**

Back in the year of 1979, Daniel Okrent, also known as the founding father of WHIP was finding reliable ways of measuring a pitcher’s performance. Where initially he came up with the “Innings Pitched Ratio” which was later on turned into an abbreviation known as WHIP.

**Why To Calculate WHIP?**

Calculating WHIP has its pros different for the players and different for the fans,

**For Players –**It helps the players access their performance, and hence helps them in understanding the required amount of practice and training they should go through to give a good performance.**For Fans –**As a fan one deserves to know about the player and their performance and helps create a better picture of the person’s abilities and chances of their wins, so you as a fan can sit back, calculate, and probably make up your mind if the pitcher you’re supporting will perform as good as you thought?

**How To Calculate WHIP?**

To calculate a pitcher’s WHIP statistic, here is the formula you could use,

WHIP = (W+H)/TIP

Where,

W = Walks

H = Hits

TIP = Total Innings Pitched

For example, if a pitcher named David has given up around 44 walks, 300 hits, and pitched a total of 200 innings, then his WHIP statistic would be,

WHIP = (W+H)/TIP

WHIP = (44+300)/200

WHIP = 344/200

WHIP = 1.72 WHIP

To know if this WHIP statistic is good enough, please take a look at the next section of the article.

**Brownie Information:**

If you are one of the overachievers or passionate about baseball, or just want to learn a bit more, or maybe just do not know much about baseball, below is the set of definitions that’ll help you have a better grasp of the game as well as the statistic,

**Walk –**It is the advance to first base which is awarded to a batter who takes the four pitches that are balls.**Hit –**It is the hit that represents that the batter has reaches the base safely.**Inning –**It is one of the nine divisions of a regulation game and in this innings every team gets their turn at bat limited by three outs.

**What Is A Good WHIP?**

A good WHIP understanding breakdown is, “lesser the number, the better the pitcher”. Below is the scale for a better understanding of the WHIP statistic,

- > 1.5 WHIP – A Bad Level Pitcher
- 1.3 – 1.5 WHIP – An Average-Level Pitcher
- 1.1 – 1.3 WHIP – A Good-Level Pitcher
- < 1 WHIP – An Elite Level Pitcher

So, as mentioned in the previous section the pitcher named David we took in the example has his WHIP statistic as 1.72, and as per the scale it is a very bad one, and hence, David is a bad level pitcher (so, between us I think he should probably be replaced!).

**Brownie Tip**: For a pitcher to score a lower WHIP, it is advised that they record outs and avoid their best for the baserunners to reach the bases.

**Top 20 Pitchers Based On WHIP**

Here is a list of the top 20 pitchers in Major League Baseball based on WHIP. This is the most recent list which was updated in June 2022.

Rank | Player Name | WHIP |
---|---|---|

1 | Addie Joss | 0.9678 |

2 | Ed Walsh | 0.9996 |

3 | Mariano Rivera | 1.0003 |

4 | Clayton Kershaw | 1.0013 |

5 | Jacob deGrom | 1.0114 |

6 | Chris Sale | 1.0423 |

7 | John Montgomery Ward | 1.0438 |

8 | Pedro Martínez | 1.0544 |

9 | Christy Mathewson | 1.0581 |

10 | Trevor Hoffman | 1.0584 |

11 | Walter Johnson | 1.0612 |

12 | Mordecai Brown | 1.0658 |

12 | Charlie Sweeney | 1.0673 |

14 | Reb Russell | 1.0800 |

15 | Max Scherzer | 1.0811 |

16 | Jim Devlin | 1.0868 |

17 | Smoky Joe Wood | 1.0869 |

18 | Jack Pfiester | 1.0887 |

19 | George Bradley | 1.0901 |

20 | Tommy Bond | 1.0908 |

**Top 20 Pitchers of All Time Based on WHIP**

**Brownie Fact**

The one huge con about the WHIP statistic is that it does not take into consideration how the baserunner got to the base, so WHIP does not include or show a hit batter or an error.

**Conclusion**

It is pretty understandable how easy to calculate and how useful this particular statistic is for the players as well as for the fans. Just make sure you remember the cons of the statistic so use it when there is no requirement of showing the hit batter or error.