Expected Fielding-Independent Pitching = xFIP
- xFIP is calculated the same way as FIP (Above) except HR allowed are replaced with an estimate of how many homers they SHOULD have given up based upon fly-ball rates. Thus, ‘Actual HR Allowed’ is replaced by The League Average HR/FB rate.
- League Average HR/FB rate is typically between 9-10% but fluctuates. Thus, the HR/FB Constant changes from year-to-year.
- xFIP is attempting to further isolate what a pitcher can control himself and therefore act as a more accurate indictor of his performance (i.e. reflect the pitcher’s actual talent level).
Generally Speaking (xFIP)
3.50 ALL STAR
4.50 HIT THE BENCH
4.75 HIT THE SHOWERS
5.00 HIT THE ROAD
Check out the MLB xFIP LEADERBOARD from 2018…
The Brewer that appears in the top 20 may make you feel nostalgic!