What is Whip in Baseball?

Ever been viewing baseball stats and come across “whip” and thought to yourself, what the heck is that? You’re not alone! In fact, we probably wouldn’t have known what it is either if we hadn’t grown up to be fantasy baseball fanatics. In this article, we’ll explain what w.h.i.p. is and why it’s so important relative to baseball handicapping. We’ll also break down what good whip and bad whip are which is sure to change the way you cap baseball games forever!

WHIP stands for walks + hits divided by innings pitched. This essentially gives us a number of how many baserunners per inning a pitcher allows. This is some REALLY GOOD STUFF when it comes to handicapping baseball games because we believe it’s a better stat than ERA, which is saying a lot. Let’s take a look at an example below:


A pitcher has thrown 100 innings on the season. During that stint he’s given up 85 hits and 40 walks. We take the 40 walks and add them to the 85 hits. This gives us a total of 125 walks/hits combined. We then divide that by the 100 innings pitched which gives us a WHIP of 1.25. In case you’re wondering, that’s a pretty average number. Let’s take a look at the good, average and the ugly broken down on a scale:

1.00 or under: Flat nasty. Stellar. Very few pitchers will achieve this feat. Maybe a real filthy closer or a Randy Johnson/Pedro Martinez/Greg Maddux during their prime.

1.01-1.20: Very good. Very respectable. A pitcher with these type of numbers doesn’t let many guys on base and is likely to be a successful major leaguer.

1.25-1.40: These numbers are decent to fairly average.

1.40-1.50: These aren’t very desirable numbers and these pitchers likely have control problems or don’t have what it takes to be in the big leagues.

1.50 and above: Gascan is the first thing that comes to mind. Given the opportunity to bet against a whip above 1.50 (if at decent odds) is a great proposition. This is a hurler who constantly has guys on base which is a losing proposition in MLB.

You probably won’t see too many whip’s above 1.50 in MLB. Many of these guys get sent down to the minors or end up out of the game.