## Warning! Dumb Question!

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### Warning! Dumb Question!

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!

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!

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!

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!

This is the nerdiest thread ever...

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### Re: Warning! Dumb Question!

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

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

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!

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!

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!

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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