Five Minutes on Pitch Framing

by Bill Chuck on February 5, 2013

We frequently hear the term “pitch framing” but what exactly is it?

Ben Lindbergh and Dave Valle were on MLB Network’s Clubhouse Confidential, hosted by Brian Kenny, to talk about pitch framing from the statistical analysis and the playing side.

Before you dismiss this as just more inside baseball gobbledygook, Joe Maddon is quoted on this video explaining the 50-run differential created by Jose Molina‘s pitch framing capability.

Valle further explains how important it is for the catcher to be “quiet” behind the plate.

Here’s the video from Clubhouse Confidential

One of the most important data points in Lindbergh’s explanation are the walk and the strikeout ratios for each team.

Here are the BB/9 and K/9 ratios for all 30 teams in 2012

Tm W L W-L% ERA BB/9 SO/9
ARI 81 81 .500 3.94 2.6 7.5
ATL 94 68 .580 3.42 2.9 7.7
BAL 93 69 .574 3.90 2.9 7.1
BOS 69 93 .426 4.72 3.3 7.3
CHC 61 101 .377 4.51 3.6 7.2
CHW 85 77 .525 4.02 3.1 7.8
CIN 97 65 .599 3.34 2.6 7.7
CLE 68 94 .420 4.79 3.4 6.8
COL 64 98 .395 5.22 3.6 7.2
DET 88 74 .543 3.77 2.8 8.3
HOU 55 107 .340 4.57 3.4 7.4
KCR 72 90 .444 4.30 3.4 7.3
LAA 89 73 .549 4.02 3.0 7.3
LAD 86 76 .531 3.35 3.3 7.9
MIA 69 93 .426 4.10 3.1 7.0
MIL 83 79 .512 4.22 3.3 8.7
MIN 66 96 .407 4.77 2.9 5.9
NYM 74 88 .457 4.09 3.1 7.8
NYY 95 67 .586 3.86 2.7 8.2
OAK 94 68 .580 3.50 2.8 7.0
PHI 81 81 .500 3.86 2.5 8.6
PIT 79 83 .488 3.91 3.1 7.5
SDP 76 86 .469 4.01 3.4 7.6
SEA 75 87 .463 3.76 2.8 7.2
SFG 94 68 .580 3.68 3.0 7.7
STL 88 74 .543 3.71 2.7 7.5
TBR 90 72 .556 3.19 2.9 8.5
TEX 93 69 .574 4.02 2.8 8.0
TOR 73 89 .451 4.64 3.6 7.1
WSN 98 64 .605 3.34 3.0 8.1
LgAvg 81 81 .500 4.01 3.1 7.6
Tm W L W-L% ERA BB/9 SO/9
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/5/2013.

Compare it to the same ratios and ERA in 2011

Tm W L W-L% ERA BB/9 SO/9
ARI 94 68 .580 3.80 2.8 6.6
ATL 89 73 .549 3.48 3.2 8.1
BAL 69 93 .426 4.89 3.3 6.5
BOS 90 72 .556 4.20 3.3 7.5
CHC 71 91 .438 4.33 3.6 7.7
CHW 79 83 .488 4.10 2.7 7.5
CIN 79 83 .488 4.16 3.3 6.8
CLE 80 82 .494 4.23 2.9 6.3
COL 73 89 .451 4.43 3.2 7.0
DET 95 67 .586 4.04 3.1 7.0
FLA 72 90 .444 3.95 3.1 7.5
HOU 56 106 .346 4.51 3.5 7.5
KCR 71 91 .438 4.44 3.5 6.7
LAA 86 76 .531 3.57 2.9 6.5
LAD 82 79 .509 3.54 3.2 8.0
MIL 96 66 .593 3.63 2.7 7.8
MIN 63 99 .389 4.58 3.0 6.0
NYM 77 85 .475 4.19 3.2 7.0
NYY 97 65 .599 3.73 3.1 7.5
OAK 74 88 .457 3.71 3.2 7.2
PHI 102 60 .630 3.02 2.5 7.9
PIT 72 90 .444 4.04 3.3 6.4
SDP 71 91 .438 3.42 3.2 7.1
SEA 67 95 .414 3.90 2.7 6.8
SFG 86 76 .531 3.20 3.4 8.1
STL 90 72 .556 3.74 2.8 6.8
TBR 91 71 .562 3.58 3.1 7.1
TEX 96 66 .593 3.79 2.9 7.4
TOR 81 81 .500 4.32 3.3 7.2
WSN 80 81 .497 3.58 3.0 6.5
LgAvg 81 81 .500 3.94 3.1 7.1
Tm W L W-L% ERA BB/9 SO/9
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/5/2013.
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