earned run average

noun

Definition of earned run average

: the average number of earned runs per game scored against a pitcher in baseball determined by dividing the total of earned runs scored against him by the total number of innings pitched and multiplying by nine

Examples of earned run average in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pitching was less successful with a cumulative 4.64 earned run average (No. 227 nationally) and the area that will be most under scrutiny this season. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "ASU softball to fill shortstop opening with freshman Alynah Torres," 5 Feb. 2020 Participants are assigned a score depending on a player's home runs, hits, strikeouts, earned run average, runs batted in and other metrics during a game. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "DraftKings sports gambler sues MLB over sign-stealing scandal," 24 Jan. 2020 Washington’s earned run average was almost a run higher (4.27). Washington Post, "The Nationals eked out a wild-card win. But can they beat the Dodgers?," 3 Oct. 2019 For all of the justified excitement about the rotations in this World Series, the starters have been merely ordinary so far, combining for a 4.88 earned run average and allowing 37 base runners via hits or walks in 24 innings. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "The Astros Soared Into the World Series. Now They’re Reeling.," 24 Oct. 2019 Wright, a 35-year-old righthander, was 13-6 with a 3.33 earned run average and a 1.25 WHIP over 156⅔ innings in 2016. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 19 Oct. 2019 Gonzalez, 33, went 2-1 with a 3.19 earned run average and 26 strikeouts in 31 innings over six starts after signing a free-agent deal with the Brewers on April 27. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gio Gonzalez will replace Adrian Houser in Brewers' starting rotation," 17 July 2019 Gonzalez would recover to go five innings, saving some of the Brewers' bullpen, but allowed nine hits and nine runs (seven earned), as his earned run average ballooned from 3.64 to 4.34. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cardinals 12, Brewers 2: Gonzalez gets shelled as Brewers drop first game of crucial stretch," 26 Aug. 2019 Los Angeles had the best earned run average in the National League. Washington Post, "The Nationals eked out a wild-card win. But can they beat the Dodgers?," 3 Oct. 2019

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1916, in the meaning defined above

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“Earned run average.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earned%20run%20average. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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