Inside look at LSU baseball advanced stats _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Paul Mainieri, right, speaks with LSU shortstop Kramer Robertson (3) in the dugout following the Tigers' 7-1 loss to Tulane, Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

As he said in a story that chronicled LSU’s foray into advanced scouting and analytics, Paul Mainieri believes more in baseball’s gamesmanship and competitive spirit than the newfound sabermetrics and advanced statistics that are becoming commonplace.

But it never hurts to look, right?

The Advocate has used the first two months of the LSU baseball season to formulate a database of advanced statistics that go beyond hits, earned runs and batting average. We’ve tried our best to keep things as simple as possible in such a complicated endeavor so even the most casual fan can enjoy it.

The stats will update after each game and fans can check in to see how players progress from start to start and at-bat to at-bat.

OFFENSE

BABIP -- Batting Average on Balls In Play
A popular stat for both pitchers and hitters, BABIP measures how often batted balls in play (excluding home runs) fall for hits. A ball is “in play” when the plate appearance ends in something other than a strikeout, walk, hit batter, catcher’s interference, sacrifice bunt, or home run.

SLUG -- Slugging Percentage
Calculated as the number of total bases divided by at-bats, slugging percentage measures a hitter's power.

ISO -- Isolated Power
ISO tells you how often a batter hits for extra bases, how many extra bases he gets per at-bart and measures their raw power. It's calculated, normally, by subtracting slugging percentage from batting average.

OPS -- On-Base plus Slugging
Generally perceived as the most accurate representation of total offense because it represents a player's ability to get on base and hit for extra bases, OPS adds a player's on-base percentage plus his slugging percentage.

K% -- Strikeout Rate, BB% --Walk Rate
This measures how often a batter walks or strikes out per plate appearance.

PITCHING

WHIP -- Walks and Hits per Innings Pitched
The formula is, easily enough, BB+H/IP, but it does not take into account defensive miscues.

LOB% -- Left on Base Percentage
Using hits, walks and runs allowed, this calculates the percentage of baserunners a pitcher strands through the course of the season.

K/9 -- Strikeouts per Nine Innings, BB/9 -- Walks per Nine Innings
This measures the number of strikeouts or walks a pitcher has per nine innings.

HR/9 -- Home Runs per Nine Innings
This measures how many home runs a pitcher allows per nine innings.

See the chart below for a look at LSU's advanced stats.