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What Does The “RHE” Stand for In Baseball?

There are a lot of abbreviations in baseball. It can sometimes feel overwhelming for those not familiar with the game to follow along and understand what everything stands for. Even when looking at the scoreboard, seeing R, H, and E might throw people off.

What Does The “RHE” Stand for In Baseball? On a scoreboard, RHE is shorthand for runs, hits, and errors. These are the three common statistics kept in most boxscores for baseball games. It gives those following along a brief synopsis of how the game is going.

Runs

  • R=Runs

Runs are what determine the winner and loser in a baseball game. It’s the first statistic on the scoreboard for a reason. Teams have nine innings to score as many runs as possible.

Be it home runs or manufacturing runs by getting different types of hits, teams are looking to put up decent numbers to give their pitching staff a cushion to work with. In today’s game, scoring five or more runs in a game usually gives a team an above-average chance of winning.

Hits

  • H=Hits

The hit column doesn’t tell the whole story, but it gives people a pretty good idea of how the offense is performing. Even if they don’t have a lot of runs, a good amount of hits show that they have had opportunities to score. For one reason or another, they just have not been able to drive runs in.

Very rarely, there are times when teams have more runs than hits. This is because they’ve either reached on base by error a lot, or they draw a lot of walks. They’ve even been about a handful of instances in Major League Baseball history where a team has had zero hits, but enough runs (usually just one or two) to win the game.

Baseball today has seen batting averages dip a bit. A team that can string together 9-10 hits in a game is having a strong day at the plate.

Errors

  • E=Errors

The final statistic is the number of errors for each team. Ideally, each team would love to have a “0” displayed in that column the entire game. If the number is three or more, it shows that the defense has had a very sloppy game.

What constitutes an error can sometimes be open for interpretation. It’s up to the official score of the game, and some are much more lenient than others. The best teams in baseball average about one error for every two games.

What are Some Other Statistics Shown on Scoreboards?

The basics are put on the scoreboard for most fans, but they are some other statistics that sometimes make an appearance as well. Some of these specific details are only on the main scoreboard in a stadium, so look around and see what’s available.

Inning-by-Inning Run Totals

A pretty standard-looking scoreboard will have a total of 10 innings listed next to the names of the two teams. A game is nine innings, and the 10th slot is for any extra innings.

If space allows it, this is a way to list how many runs a team scores in every single inning. It’s a more in-depth way to tell a story of a game to people at all times.

LOB

LOB stands for runners left on base. Teams who have scoring chances want to drive in runs if they have anyone on base. Teams that leave a lot of players on base have blown a considerable amount of opportunities to score runs.

This number shows how many runners are left on base overall, but a lot of teams will pay attention to players left on base in scoring position (runners on 2nd and/or 3rd base).

Balls

This displays the number of balls in the count for the current batter. A batter walks if they see four balls during the at-bat. With older scoreboards, they will have three bulbs that light up.

There’s no need for a fourth bulb because that triggers the walk. Most modern scoreboards will display a number instead of just lighting up bulbs.

Strikes

A batter has three strikes during an at-bat before they are out. This display works very similarly to the balls, only there are two bulbs because a third strike is a strikeout.

Just like with balls, most modern scoreboards will display a number instead.

Outs

How many outs are there? Teams get three outs per inning. There are two bulbs next to outs to give fans (and players) an understanding of how the inning’s going.

These are replaced by simply showing the number of outs on modern scoreboards.

H or E

If a play seems like it could be ruled a hit or an error, the official scorer will make a decision shortly after. There will be flashing on the scoreboard for H or E depending on the ruling.

The respective column will also get updated after the ruling.

Pitcher Number

Some scoreboards will show the number of the pitcher currently on the mound. At major league stadiums, there will be a lot more information on the pitcher displayed.

They often leave the pitcher’s face up on the screen, along with all his stats for the season and the game.

Batter Number

The batter number works the same way as the pitcher number. In Major League stadiums, there will be considerable information available to give people a better idea of the matchup.

Video Scoreboards

All 30 MLB teams have video scoreboards these days to provide more information than ever before. This is great to look up to at any point during the game, and teams like to have fun with their video scoreboard to encourage interaction.

There will be smaller scoreboards scattered throughout the stadium that only have the vital information. That comes in handy for people who might be looking at the video scoreboard at a weird angle.

Why Knowing Scoreboard Basics at a Baseball Game Matters

There’s no way to fully understand baseball without getting some of the simple information down. Knowing how scoring is kept, at least with runs, hits, and errors, helps beginners tremendously.

With each new game, learning along the way becomes easy.