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 The Red Sox rotation had the fifth-worst earned run average in the American League last season (4.49). Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Mar. 2023 He was claimed by the Rangers and earned a pair of two-game stints (two starts) last season, going 1-2 with a 10.97 earned run average over 10⅔ innings. Todd Rosiak, Journal Sentinel, 5 Mar. 2023 In 2021, Frisch was 3-0 with a 2.38 earned run average in 20 games on the way to earning Freshman All-American honors. oregonlive, 18 July 2022 Scherzer and Megill have combined to go 9-3 with a 3.31 earned run average in 15 starts. New York Times, 19 May 2022 The Diamondbacks did have opportunities, but the Dodgers bullpen, with its second-best earned run average in the major leagues, kept them off the scoreboard after winning pitcher Gonsolin's five innings. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 25 Sep. 2021 The Mets have some terrific starting pitchers, including the amazing Jacob deGrom (1.08 earned run average) but are hitting only .231 as a team. Washington Post, 15 July 2021 His final line in 52 appearances over the three levels was impressive with a 3-1 record, 2.49 earned run average and WHIP of 1.15 with 84 strikeouts in 65 innings. Todd Rosiak, Journal Sentinel, 25 Feb. 2023 As a starting pitcher, Ohtani drew a 15-9 record and 2.33 earned run average with 219 strike outs in 28 starts. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 10 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of earned run average was in 1916

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“Earned run average.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earned%20run%20average. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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earned run average

: the average number of earned runs per game scored against a pitcher in baseball
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