Do you think Daniel Bard has a better chance of returning to Boston, or Boston winning their division?
Right now it is hard to tell which comeback would be more epic.
The Red Sox currently stand 13 games out of first with 38 games remaining.
Last week, Bard lost two games, gave up eight runs, and walked eight, and hit two batters, in 2.1 innings:
Each of those games is chronicled here.
His WHIP for those three games would be four hits plus seven walks, which equals 11 over 2.33 innings, for a WHIP of 4.72.
If baseball used a true stat for the number batters reaching base, they would include in hit by pitch.
Unfortunately WHIP does not include HBP.
Why not create a new stat and call it WHIP+, and the + would stand for HBP. In Bard’s case he hit two batters in those three games. His WHIP+ would be (13/2.33) 5.58.
How difficult would it be for those that create statistics to add hit by pitch to the WHIP number?
The value of WHIP is supposed to give baseball a number that determines how many batters reach base against a given pitcher. Why should you be able to hit a batter in the head, like Bard did, on a 3-1 pitch, and not have it count in the number of batters that reach base off that pitcher?