# Pitches Per Inning Pitched (P/IP)

### Definition

Pitches per inning pitched is a tool used to evaluate how efficient a pitcher is at getting his outs -- or how many pitches he typically needs to use to do his job. Calculating the number is easy enough. It's found by dividing a pitcher's total number of pitches thrown by his total number of innings pitched.

Pitchers with the game's best P/IP rate typically average fewer than 15 pitches per inning. A starting pitcher with those numbers would be able to go seven innings on fewer than 105 pitches.

##### In A Call

"pitches per inning," "pitches per out" (multiplied by three)