What is RISP in Baseball?

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The term RISP in baseball stands for “runners in scoring position,” which tracks the number of baserunners on the base paths who are in a position to score. Baserunners on second or third base are considered in scoring position, as they can score a run if a batter hits a single or if there is a balk or wild pitch. Small ball strategies that rely on singles to get players on base, followed by bunting or stealing the base to get into scoring position, can be effective, especially for teams with good speed and bat control. If an inning ends with runners left on second and third base, they are called “runners left in scoring position,” which is a negative statistic that reflects the team’s offensive inefficiency.

The MLB calculates RISP as a stat to tell a story about the offense and to evaluate the batting average with runners in scoring position, which can be expanded by taking the batting average with two outs and runners in scoring position. RISP is similar to other baseball stats, such as RBI, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage, and is a useful metric to measure a player’s effectiveness, as well as a team’s performance during a game.