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Postby abrunn11 » Tue Apr 01, 2008 12:23 pm

Someone please explain to me why they show pitcher's innings as decimals when that is incorrect? If a pitcher throws 7 1/3 innings, it shows it as 7.1 innings, when in fact in is 7.333 (repeating of course) innings.
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Re: Warning! Dumb Question!

Postby jamastaballa » Tue Apr 01, 2008 12:31 pm

I don't know for sure, but I'm thinking it's to keep track of how many outs they've recorded.
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Re: Warning! Dumb Question!

Postby Simulacrum » Tue Apr 01, 2008 12:34 pm

It is a little strange, but that's how it works. 7.1 innings is 7 innings and 1 out (or 19 outs total). 7.2 is with two outs. 7.3 doesn't exist because then it becomes 8.0.
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Re: Warning! Dumb Question!

Postby great gretzky » Tue Apr 01, 2008 12:44 pm

I don't think it was ever intended to represent a real fraction in the sense that it is a division problem.
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Re: Warning! Dumb Question!

Postby Inukchuk » Tue Apr 01, 2008 1:11 pm

This is the nerdiest thread ever...
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Re: Warning! Dumb Question!

Postby mkultra » Tue Apr 01, 2008 1:14 pm

Inukchuk wrote:This is the nerdiest thread ever...


No, heated discussions over minute differences in obscure stats isn't nerdy at all ;-7
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Re: Warning! Dumb Question!

Postby Matthias » Tue Apr 01, 2008 1:44 pm

I'm going to say because some baseball players don't know how to do fractions and decimals. Heck, some fans, don't.
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Re: Warning! Dumb Question!

Postby Tavish » Tue Apr 01, 2008 1:53 pm

It is shorthand for newspaper box scores that can't print fractions clearly in the smaller font. It's been used for so long now it is just the de facto standard.
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Re: Warning! Dumb Question!

Postby great gretzky » Tue Apr 01, 2008 2:02 pm

Tavish wrote:It is shorthand for newspaper box scores that can't print fractions clearly in the smaller font. It's been used for so long now it is just the de facto standard.


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But what do they do for stock quotes? Why wouldn't they just use the decimal? Surely the same problem came with the financial pages.
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Re: Warning! Dumb Question!

Postby redjake » Tue Apr 01, 2008 2:15 pm

If you're trying to convert the 7.1 to 22 outs this works:

=((INT(A1)*3)+(((A1-(INT(A1)))*10)))

You can then do an =(ER/OUTS)*27 to get ERA and an =((BB+H)/OUTS)*3 to get WHIP.


I think.

Edit - The 7.1 will need to be in cell A1, of course...
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