How to understand a baseball game broadcast on TV

Hi everyone, I’m Seby and welcome to Home
Run Seby. Today I will explain how to understand a baseball
game broadcast on TV. This video follow my previous video about the basic rules of baseball. If you have not seen it yet, you will find a link to this video
in the description below. I’m going to focus on baseball game broadcast
in north America, so if you don’t live in the United States, it’s not a problem. Because, The MLB, Major League Baseball, broadcasts
one or two games for free almost every day on youtube during the regular season from
spring to autumn. You can also subscribe for free on MLB.COM
to see these free games. You will have the opportunity to watch these
games on the MLB website, but also on the MLB.TV application available on playstation,
xbox, smart tv, smart bluray players, Apple tv, android TV, etc. And if you want to watch these games on your
smartphone or tablet, you can do it with the At-Bat app available on iOS and Android. Obviously you will have to pay a subscription
if you want to see more content. All games are commented in English, but don’t
worry, with the informations I will give you, you will know enough to understand what’s
happening on the field. To illustrate my explanations, I choose a random
game found on youtube. It’s a game between the Mets and the Yankees
broadcasted on August 18, 2017. The game was played at Citi Field which is
the Mets ballpark. The Yankees were the guest team, so they started
the game as the offensive team. Let’s take a look at the first half inning
so that I can explain what you can see when you watching a baseball game on television. First, we can see the starting lineup of the
Yankees. In this list we find three informations. First of all, we can see the order of the
players who succeed each other at bat. Then on the left side you can see their position
on the field when they play as the defensive team And on the right we can see which players
are right-handed or left-handed and the S stands for “switch” which means ambidextrous. Available position players, these are the
players available in addition. We can see the presentation sheet of the first
pitcher of the defensive team. It’s Steven Matz from the Mets team. You have to know that in baseball, there are
a lot of statistics. Statistics are important, but in this video,
I’m talking to people who are new to baseball. So I will not dwell on all the statistics
because I could make a video that would last for hours. Keep in you mind that all statistics that
you see here are valid until this game, so right now, theoretically, they are no longer
valid. Personally, concerning the pitcher, the informations
that interests me most are the ERA, k, Whip and OPP AVG. The ERA is the average number of earned runs
a pitcher will give up per nine-inning game. It determined by dividing the total number
of earned runs allowed by the number of innings pitched and multiplying by nine. Just remember
this: more this average is low, better is the player’s performance. It’s the same for the Whip and the OPP AVG,
if these numbers are very low, it means that this pitcher is a very good player. The letter « K » means the number of strikeout.
It’s the number of hitters eliminated by the pitcher because they could not touch the
ball once. So if this number is high, it means that this pitcher is a real nightmare for
the opposite team. Here it is only my third video and I would
like to evolve your knowledge according to the number of my videos. For the moment we are at the beginning, so
I will talk about statistics later. Nevertheless, if you want to know more, know
that there is a glossary explaining the meaning of each acronym you will see. The link is in the description below. Here we can see the position of the players
of the defensive team. The Mets team. Yoenis Cespedes is a left fielder Michael Conforto is a center fielder Curtis Granderson is a right fielder Sorry if i don’t spell the names well Matt Reynolds is on the 3rd base Amed Rosario is the short stop Asdrubal Cabrera is on the second base Dominic Smith is on the first base Steven Matz is the pitcher Travis d’Arnaud is the catcher What we see in the top left of the screen
is the scoreboard. Currently both teams are at 0-0. The three diamonds represent the bases. Once
a diamond is filled, it means that a base is occupied. At the right of the diamonds we find the speed
at which the ball was thrown. Here it’s 93 miles per hours so 150 kilometers per hours. Below, we can see 1-0. The 1 means that it was a bad throw. It was
the first bad one out of three. The 0 represents the number of strikes. This
number increases if the pitcher throws the ball into the strike zone while the hitter
fail to hit the ball and the catcher receives the ball in his glove. This number can also
increase if the batter hits the ball but sends it offside. These 2 numbers can going until maximum 3.
3 strikes means that the hitter is eliminated. 3 bad balls means that the hitter can advance
on the first base. The 1 with the little upward arrow in yellow
means that we are in the first half of the inning. When the game is in the first half of an inning,
we call it “top” and when the game is in the second half of the inning, we call it “bottom”. Pitch 1 means there was only one throw from
the pitcher for the moment. Here we find some informations on the first
hitter. It’s Brett Gardner. LF means he is the Left fielder when his team plays as the
defensive team. If the numbers of these 5 statistics are high,
It means that the player is good. I said I did not want to dwell on statistics
in this video, but I think these 5 statistics needs a quick explanation. AVG: it’s the hitter’s average at bat. You
have just to divide the number of times where this hitter was at bat by the number of times
where he managed to hit the ball. HR: it’s the number of Home Run. RBI: Runs batted in, it’s a numbers obtained
by the sum of players who were on the base and who could make a complete turn thanks
to the hitter. OBP: On-base Percentage. It’s an average between
the number of times where the hitter runs between the bases divided by the number of
time where he stand at bat. SLG: Slugging Percentage. This is used to
determine the power of a batting player. In my opinion, this is the most important statistic
about a hitter. That’s why I’m going to explain right now: You have to calculate
the sum of all his hits who allowed the hitter to reach the first, second and third base
or to made a home run. Then, divided this sum with the number of times where the hitter
where at bat and you get the slugging percentage. If the number is high, you’re dealing with
a very good player. Here we can see that Steven Matz has already
played against the Yankees in his career. Not necessarily with the Mets. We can see that he led his team to victory
in September 2015. W means they won. In August 2016 he was in the losing team.
L means they had lost. On Deck means that the next hitter is ready
to enter on the field. Due to the bad reception of the ball by the
first baseman, Brett Gardner had enough time to get to the second base. The middle diamond is yellow. As you can see, the other role of the pitcher
is to be attentive to all the players of the opposite team present on the ground. If Steven Matz is not careful, Brett Gardner
can take advance to go to the third base. Luckily for him, he had the reflex to go
back on his steps in time, because Steven Matz could have eliminated him by sending
the ball to the second baseman. Imagine the level of attention that the hitter
must have when all the bases are full. Following a fourth bad pitch, the hitter can
go on the first base. As you can see, two diamonds are filled. Aaron Judge is eliminated in 3 strikes. He
failed to hit a single ball. The pitcher scored a strikeout. Remember, K is for strikeout. The red dot means that a player is eliminated. As a reminder, when three players from the
offensive team are eliminated, the inning is over. And here is a Home Run. Because there was already two players on the
bases, the Yankees won 3 points. But the home run does not mean it’s the end
of the inning. Tyler Austin season statistics in Major league. Tyler Austin played in a Yankees-affiliated
triple A team before playing with the Yankees on this game. Here are his statistics when
he played in the triple A team during the same season And here we are, end of the inning. We can see the passage order of the Mets hitters. The statistics of the Yankees pitcher. And the game continue. Let’s go to the
end. And here is the final score box. The Yankees
have won 7 to 5. Sometimes the score box is expressed in R
H E. R=Runs, complete turn of bases. H=Hits, the number of hit that allowed the
hitters to run to the first base E=Errors. For example, when a player of
the defensive team plays so badly that the offensive team players have time to advance
on the bases, it’s considered as a mistake. You can notice the numbers 65-55 for the Yankees
and 53-66 for the Mets. There are 30 teams in the Major League Baseball.
If we not counting the playoff games, each team plays 162 games during the regular season
which starts in early april and ends in late september. So here on August 18, 2017, both teams has
played 120 games. The Yankees had won 65 games and lost 55.
The Metz had won 53 games and lost 66. We can see that there were two important events
in this game. The Home Run that brought 3 points for the
Yankees in the first inning. And the Grand Slam from Curtis Granderson
for the Mets in the 9th inning. A Grand Slam is a Home Run when all bases
are occupied. On the right we can see statistics about three
pitchers. Severino, the Yankees pitcher is credited
as the Winning pitcher. The numbers 10-5 means that he played 15 games as the first pitcher
during the season until August 18, 2017 and he won 10 games and lost 5. Matz, the Mets Pitcher is credited as the
Losing pitcher. In a game, several pitchers can play one after
one and Betances is the last pitcher of the winning team of this game. And finally, last information, the game lasted almost 3 hours. That’s it. Obviously, I simplified the informations as
much as possible so that my video is quite understandable for everyone. You will notice that the informations are
sometimes displayed differently. Sometimes there are additional informations
such as the direction of the ball after a throw and its position in the strike zone. I hope you enjoyed this video. Feel free to give me a like and, if you want,
you can leave me a comment. Subscribe if you want to see my next videos
about baseball. You can follow me on twitter: @HomeRunSeby Thanks for watching this video. It’s was Seby, see ya.

8 thoughts on “How to understand a baseball game broadcast on TV

  1. Bonjour tout d'abord très bon boulot pour tes vidéos !!!! Ca me permet de mieux comprendre certaines choses !! par contre une fois inscris sur comment fais tu pour voir des matchs gratuits ??? et tu joues à MLB the show ??? En tout cas bravo pour ta chaîne !!!

  2. Moi qui cherchais des explications sur le baseball, je suis servi. Grace à toi, je peux regarder un match et le comprendre un minimum. Merci beaucoup ! 🙂

  3. Pour la règles ce n’est pas 4 mauvaises balle qui fais avancer le batteur en base 1 ? Tu dit 3 il me semblait que c’était 4 consécutives ! Continue tes vidéos c’est super pour les français comme moi fan de baseball . Hâte que tu fasse un épisode sur les redsox

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