# How Do You Calculate War In Baseball?

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How do you calculate WAR in baseball?

## Introduction

Baseball is a game of numbers. Fans love to compare players using stats like batting average, earned run average, and home runs. One newer stat that has gained popularity in recent years is WAR, or Wins Above Replacement. This statistic tries to measure how much better a player is than a “replacement level” player (generally a minor leaguer or a bench player). In this article, we’ll take a look at how WAR is calculated and what it means for baseball players and teams.

There are two main components to WAR: offensive WAR (oWAR) and defensive WAR (dWAR). oWAR estimates the number of runs a player creates with his bat, while dWAR estimates the number of runs a player saves with his glove. The total WAR for a player is simply the sum of his oWAR and dWAR.

To calculate oWAR, we start with a stat called wRC+. This stands for Weighted Runs Created Plus, and it’s essentially a measure of how many runs a batter creates relative to league average. We then adjust for the league-average run environment (i.e., whether the league is hitting more or fewer home runs this year) and compare the batter’s wRC+ to an average hitter in that same run environment. Finally, we multiply by the number of plate appearances to get an estimate of how many runs above or below average the batter was in that specific year.

To calculate dWAR, we start with two Defensive Regression Analysis statistics: UZR/150 and DRS. UZR/150 measures how many runs above or below average a fielder is per 150 games played, while DRS estimates how many runs above or below average a fielder saves with his defense. We then add these two numbers together to get an estimate of how many runs above or below average the fielder was in that specific year.

The final step is to convert all of these offensive and defensive numbers into one common currency: wins. To do this, we use something called win values, which are simply estimates of how many extra wins a team would have if they had one additional player who was exactly league-average in every respect (i.e., an imaginary “replacement level” player). With all of this information in hand, we can finally calculate WAR: it’s simply the sum of a player’s offensive win value and defensive win value from that specific year.

Now that you know how WAR is calculated, you can start to see why it’s such an important stat for baseball players and teams. It’s not perfect, but it does provide us with a single number that can be used to compare players across generations and positions.

## The Three Types of Wins

There are three types of war in baseball- the player war, the team war, and the fan war. The player war is the individual player’s contribution to their team’s win. The team war is the team’s total contribution to their Wins. The fan war is the total contribution of the fans to the team’s Wins.

### Pythagorean Expectation

The Pythagorean expectation is a way of calculating how many games a baseball team “should” win based on the number of runs they score and the number of runs they allow. The formula is:

Runs scored^2/((Runs scored^2)+(Runs allowed^2))

For example, if a team scores 700 runs and allows 650 runs, their Pythagorean expectation is:

700^2/((700^2)+(650^2))=0.549874

Which means they “should” win 550 games.

### Base Runs

The basic idea behind Base Runs is simple. All plays are assumed to be average, so everything else is just a function of three things:

-Hits

-walks

– outs

You can use this formula to calculate how many runs an offense would score if they were completely average. It’s also useful for estimating how many runs a team should have scored, given their hits, walks, and outs. This is useful for evaluating teams and players, as well as for understanding how run differentials translate into wins and losses.

### Run Differential

In baseball, there are three different types of wins, and each has a different weight or importance. The first and most important win is the run differential. This stat is simply the difference in runs scored and runs allowed by a team over the course of a season. A team with a run differential of +100 is generally expected to win around 100 games, while a team with a run differential of -100 is expected to lose around 100 games. The reason run differential is so important is because it’s the best predictor of future success in baseball. A team that scores more runs and allows fewer runs is more likely to win in the future than a team that doesn’t do those things.

The second type of win is Pythagorean Expectation, which was developed by Bill James. This stat estimates how many games a team should have won based on their runs scored and runs allowed. It’s not as accurate as run differential, but it’s still a useful tool. The formula for Pythagorean Expectation is pretty simple: you take the square of the difference between runs scored and runs allowed, then divide that number by the sum of runs scored and runs allowed. So, if a team scores 800 runs and allows 750runs, their Pythagorean Expectation would be:

(800-750)^2/800+750=50/1550=0.032

This means that they should have won 3% more games than they actually did.

The third and final type of win is actual winning percentage. This stat is pretty self-explanatory — it’s simply the percentage of games that a team wins in a given season. Actual winning percentage is important because it’s what actually matters in baseball. A team can have a great run differential and Pythagorean Expectation but if they don’t win actual games, they won’t make the playoffs or win championships.

## The Importance of Run Differential

In baseball, the team with the most runs scored in a game is almost always the winner. However, sometimes the score is close and one run can make the difference. In these cases, run differential becomes important. Run differential is simply the difference between the number of runs scored by a team and the number of runs allowed by that team. A positive run differential means that a team has scored more runs than it has allowed. A negative run differential means the opposite.

The importance of run differential is that it can be used to predict which team is more likely to win over the course of a season. This is because, in general, teams with a positive run differential tend to score more runs than they allow, and vice versa for teams with a negative run differential. Therefore, if two teams have identical records but different run differentials, the team with the better run differential is more likely to win more games in the future.

There are many ways to calculate WAR (wins above replacement), but one of the most common methods is to use runs prevented. This method compares a player’s defensive contribution (measured by how many runs they save) to that of an average replacement player (a player who would be expected to perform at league-average levels). The difference is then used to estimate how many additional wins that player has contributed to their team.

Using this method, we can see that some players have been much more valuable than others over the course of their careers. For example, from 2001-2010, Ichiro Suzuki saved 195 runs with his defense while preventiveZd 192 runs for his team; this meant he was worth about 3 wins above replacement during that time period. Meanwhile, Andruw Jones was actually a liability on defense (-28 runs saved), meaning he cost his teams about 2 wins over that same span.

## How to Calculate Run Differential

The most simple and common formula for calculating run differential is runs scored minus runs allowed. In its basic form, if a team scores 100 runs and allows 60 runs over the course of a season, their run differential would be 40. A positive run differential indicates a team that scored more runs than they allowed, while a negative run differential indicates the opposite.

To calculate WAR, we start with what is known as Base Runs. In order to calculate Base Runs, we need to know four things: hits, walks, hit-by-pitches and Sacrifice Flies (HBP + SF). For simplicity’s sake let’s say our team had the following stats:

Hits: 1,000

Walks: 250

Hit-by-pitches: 50

Sacrifice flies: 10

Now that we have those numbers, we can plug them into the Base Runs formula which looks like this:

BR = ((H + BB) * H) / (H + BB + SF)

Once we plug in our team’s numbers, we get a Base Runs total of 990.54. So what exactly is Base Runs and how does it help us calculate WAR?

Base Runs is a sabermetric baseball statistic created to measure how many runs a player creates for his team independent of his teammates by estimating how many runs a team would score if they were composed of nothing but replacement level players. In other words, it attempts to strip away everything that isn’t related to the individual player and focus solely on his skills.

By knowing how many Base Runs our team would score with replacement level players (in this case 990.54), we can compare that number to how many actual runs our team scored (1,000) to see how much our hitters contributed above replacement level. And by subtracting our Replacement Level from our Actual Runs Scored we get 9.46 which is our final Run Differential for this example.

## Conclusion

To sum it up, WAR is a comprehensive metric that attempts to measure a player’s total value to their team. It takes into account both their offensive and defensive contributions, as well as their baserunning. It’s important to remember that WAR is not perfect, but it is the best single number we have to measure a player’s value.