Playing with the Numbers: Grading Starts
One of my favorite creations of the Great Mr. James is the game score. It's a nice way of grading out how a starting pitcher did in a particular appearance, and what's cool is you can find game scores in every pitcher's game log at ESPN.com. The definition?
Before a pitch is thrown, you start with 50 points. Add a point for each out recorded (3 points per inning). Add 2 points for each inning completed after the fourth (giving credit for stamina). Add 1 point for each strikeout. Subtract 2 points for each hit allowed. Subtract 2 points for each run allowed. Subtract 2 additional points for each earned run allowed. Subtract 1 point for each walk allowed.