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Postby Big Pimpin » Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:42 am

So in Sheets' start on Friday, Brandon Phillips reached on a strikeout/wild pitch combo, and came around to score. I would have thought that the run would have been unearned since he didn't reach on a H, BB, HBP, or fielder's choice. But they scored it as an earned run.

Anyway, I'm usually pretty good at deciphering these things, but this one has me stumped. Is it earned because he reached on a WP but it would have been unearned if it was a passed ball? I guess technically you could say it was the pitcher's fault he reached, but wouldn't that same logic apply if a guy reaches on a throwing error by the pitcher?

I don't know... Any thoughts?
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Postby Yoda » Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:50 am

I think you hit the nail on the head. WP is not scored as an E, therefore the run would be considered earned.

It's also sort of stupid that if a pitcher makes an error, the runs are not earned as well even though it is his own mistake.
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Postby TheYanks04 » Tue Apr 25, 2006 11:02 am

A wild pitch is not considered an error but bad pitchng, so the run is earned.


Errors by the pitcher are classified like any other error. Passed balls, though technically not an error are mistakes and treated as an error for scoring.
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Postby josebach » Tue Apr 25, 2006 12:45 pm

TheYanks04 wrote:A wild pitch is not considered an error but bad pitchng, so the run is earned.


Errors by the pitcher are classified like any other error. Passed balls, though technically not an error are mistakes and treated as an error for scoring.


That's correct. Strike 3 was probably in the dirt, right? If so, they usually call that a wild pitch instead of a passed ball. If it was a strike out/passed-ball combo the run would have been unearned.
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