Faculty Advisor

Olson, Sarah D

Abstract

The goal of this project is to improve the Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) model for evaluating Major League Baseball starting pitchers. FIP attempts to separate a pitcher's controllable performance from random variation and the performance of his defense. Data from the 2002-2013 seasons will be analyzed and the results will be incorporated into a new metric. The new proposed model will be called jFIP. jFIP adds popups and hit by pitch to the fielding independent stats and also includes adjustments for a pitcher's defense and his efficiency in completing innings. Initial results suggest that the new metric is better than FIP at predicting pitcher ERA.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2014

Major

Mathematical Sciences

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences

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