Baseball Betting Terms

Baseball Betting Terms

If you've ever watched a baseball game and been completely overwhelmed by the language of the game, this glossary contains definitions of the most common baseball terms.

A fan's guide to commonly-used terms and phrases.

ace -- A team's best starting pitcher. 

alley-- The section of the outfield between the outfielders. Also "gap." 

around the horn -- A double play going from third base to second to first. 

backdoor slider -- A pitch that appears to be out of the strike zone, but then breaks back over the plate.

bag -- A base. 

Baltimore chop -- A ground ball that hits in front of home plate (or off of it) and takes a large hop over the infielder's head. 

bandbox -- A small ballpark that favors hitters.

bang-bang play -- A play in which the base runner hits the bag a split-second before the ball arrives or vice versa. 

basket catch -- When a fielder catches a ball with his glove near belt level. 

Bronx cheer -- When the crowd boos.

brush back -- A pitch that nearly hits a batter. 

bush -- Also "bush league." An amateur play or behavior. 

can of corn -- An easy catch by a fielder.

caught looking -- When a batter is called out on strikes. 

cellar -- Last place. Also "basement." 

cheese -- Also "good cheese." Refers to a good fastball. 

chin music -- A pitch that is high and inside. 

circus catch -- An outstanding catch by a fielder. 

closer -- A team's relief pitcher who finishes the game. 

cutter -- A cut fastball (one with a late break to it). 

cycle -- When a batter hits a single, double, triple and home run in the same game. 

dinger -- A home run. 

dish -- Home plate.

fireman -- A team's closer or late-inning relief pitcher.

fungo -- A ball hit to a fielder during practice. It's usually hit by a coach using a "fungo bat," which is longer and thinner than a normal bat. 

gap -- See "alley." A ball hit here is a "gapper."

gopher ball -- A pitch hit for a home run, as in "go for." 

heat -- A good fastball. Also "heater." 

high and tight -- Referring to a pitch that's up in the strike zone and inside on a hitter. Also known as "up and in." 

hill -- Pitcher's mound. 

homer -- A home run. Other terms include: blast, dinger, dong, four-bagger, four-base knock, moon shot, tape-measure blast and tater. 

hot corner -- Third base. 

in the hole -- The batter after the on-deck hitter. 

jam -- When a hitter gets a pitch near his hands, he is "jammed." Also when a pitcher gets himself in trouble, he is in a "jam." 

leather -- Refers to how good a player plays defensively or handles the glove. Ex: "He flashed some leather on that play." 

meatball -- An easy pitch to hit, usually right down the middle of the plate. 

Mendoza line -- A batting average of around .200. 

moon shot -- A very long, high home run. 

nail down -- As in "nail down a victory." Refers to a relief pitcher finishing off the game. 

on the screws -- When a batter hits the ball hard. Also "on the button." 

painting the black -- When a pitcher throws the ball over the edge of the plate. 

pea -- A ball traveling at high speed, either batted or thrown. 

pepper -- Pepper is a common pre-game exercise where one player bunts brisk grounders and line drives to a group of fielders who are standing about 20 feet away. The fielders try to throw it back as quickly as possible. The batter hits the return throw. (Some ballparks ban pepper games because wild pitches could land in the stands and injure spectators). 

pick -- A good defensive play by an infielder on a ground ball. Also a shortened version of "pick-off." 

pickle -- A rundown. 

punchout -- A strikeout. 

rhubarb -- A fight or scuffle. 

ribbie -- Another way of saying RBI. Also "ribeye." 

rope -- A hard line drive hit by a batter. Also "frozen rope." 

rubber game -- The deciding game of a series. 

run-down -- When a baserunner gets caught between bases by the fielders. 

Ruthian -- With great power. 

seeing-eye single -- A soft ground ball that finds its way between infielders for a base hit. 

set-up man -- A relief pitcher who usually enters the game in the 7th or 8th inning. 

shoestring catch -- A running catch made just above the fielder's shoetops.

southpaw -- A left-handed pitcher. 

sweet spot -- The part of the bat just a few inches from the barrel. 

table setter -- Batter whose job is to get on base for other hitters to drive him in. Usually a leadoff or No. 2 hitter. 

tape-measure blast -- An extremely long home run. 

tater -- A home run. 

Texas Leaguer -- A bloop hit that drops between an infielder and outfielder. 

tools of ignorance -- Catcher's equipment. 

touch 'em all -- Hitting a home run (touching all the bases). 

twin killing -- A double play. 

Uncle Charlie -- Curve ball. 

utility player -- A player who fills in at many positions. 

wheelhouse -- A hitter's power zone. Usually a pitch waist-high and over the heart of the plate. 

wheels -- A ballplayer's legs.

whiff -- Strikeout. 

yakker -- Curve ball.

Statistics Glossary PITCHING TERMS 

# Pit/PA Number of Pitches Faced per Plate Appearance 
1B Single 
2B Double 
3B Triple 
Avg A Batting Average Against (Hitter's batting average against that pitcher) H/AB 
BB Bases on Balls (Walks) 
BF Batters Faced 
BF/9 Batters Faced Per Nine Innings 
BK Balks 
CG Complete Games 
ER Earned Runs 
ERA Earned Run Average (Earned Runs/Innings Times Nine) 
FB Fly Balls 
G Games 
GB Ground Balls 
GF Games Finished 
GS Games Started 
H Hits 
HBP Hit By Pitch 
HR Home Runs Allowed 
IBB Intentional Bases on Balls 
IP Innings Pitched 
K Strikeouts 
L Losses 
R Runs 
RATIO Walks Plus Hits/Innings Pitched 
SH Sacrifice Hits Given Up 
Sho Shut Outs 
Sv Saves 
SUP Run Support 
W Wins 
WP Wild Pitches 


1B Single 
2B Double 
3B Triple 
AB At Bats (Does not include walks or Sacrifice Hits) 
AB/HR Home Runs per at Bat Ratio 
AB/K At Bats Diveded By Strikeouts 
AVG Batting Average H/AB 
BB Bases on Balls 
CS Caught Stealing 
G Games Played 
GB Ground Balls 
GDP Grounded Into Double Play 
GRD Ground Balls 
H Hits 
HBP Hit By Pitch 
HP/PA Hit Pitches per at Bat 
HR Home Run 
IBB Intentional Bases on Balls 
OBP On Base Percentage (H+BB+HBP) / (AB+BB+HBP+Sacrifice Flies) 
R Runs 
RBI Runs Batted In 
SB Stolen Bases 
SB% Stolen Base Percentage SB / (SB+CS) 
SF Sacrifice Fly 
SH Sacrifice Hits 
SLG Slugging Percentage TB/AB 
K Strike Outs 
TB Total Bases H + 2B + (2 x 3B) + (3 x HR) 


As C As a Catcher 
As 1B As a First Baseman 
As 2B As a Second Baseman 
As 3B As a Third Baseman 
As SS As a Short Stop 
As LF As a Left Fielder 
As CF As a Center Fielder 
As RF As a Right Fielder 
As P As a Pitcher 



A Assists 
Ch Chances (Balls hit to a position) 
CS Caught Stealing (On Throws by Catchers or Pickoffs by Pitchers) 
CS% Caught Stealing Percentage 
CERA Earned Run Average when Catching 
DP Double Plays 
E Errors 
FPct Fielding Percentage (PO+A) / (PO+A+E) 
G Games Played 
GS Games Started 
INN Innings 
PB Passed Balls 
PO Put Outs 
RF Range Factor [ (PO+A) (9) ] / # of Defensive Innings 
SBA Stolen Base Attempt 
ZR Zone Rating # of Outs made/# of Chances

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