In reviewing the Potomac Nationals 4/25 game, I was going to make a comment about how Paul Demny was really keeping the ball down after glancing at his ground ball/fly out ratio (listed in the box score as 12/4).
However, after reading the game recap, I cannot figure out how they arrived at this 12/4 ratio. Follow along with the recap and see if you agree or disagree with what I see (we’re analyzing the Myrtle Beach innings against our starter Demny):
Inning 1: A line out to center, and two grounders. 1 Flyball outs(FO), 2 groundball outs (GO)
Inning 2: Walk, Grounder, flyball to right, walk, and another grounder. 1 FO, 2 GOs.
Inning 3: ground-out, fly out, single and ground out. 1 FO, 2GOs
Inning 4: Ground out, strikeout, double (in the air) to left field, then fly out to right. 1 FO, 1 GO.
Inning 5: RBE, then ground-out, then a flyball-inducing double play. 1 GO, 1 FO
Inning 6: HBP, then a CS, walk, single, fly out to left then a ground out to short. 1GO, 1FO
Inning 7: Grounder to short, grounder to short, single, single then strike out. 2 GO.
Count them up: I get 11 ground outs, 6 fly ball outs for 17 of his 21 outs. The other 4 outs: 2 strike outs, a CS and a double-play. Of the 5 hits he gave up, at least two of them were “fly ball” hits. The other three (plus the reached-by-error) were grounders, giving Demny 15 balls on the ground, 8 balls in the air for those “in-play” balls during his tenure. Still a pretty good ratio, but not 12/4 as reported in the box.
What am I missing?