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war stat question

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I have been trying to wrap my head aroud the war stat and isn't there a lot of the stat derived from what the other players on your team are able to do also. I am specifically looking at the movement from 1st to 3rd advancing on an out to 2nd ,3rd ect. doesn't this part of the stat rely on ability of your teammates more than the acutaly person being rated for the stat
asked Oct 5, 2012 in Sabermetrics by Peters2315 (3 points)

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Every part of WAR is inherently dependent on teammates and competition.  Hitters don't get adjustments for opponents defense, pitchers don't get adjustments for certain elite hitters getting a day off against them, etc.  However, over a 162 game schedule, discrepancies like these usually get sorted out.

As far as baserunning goes, this does have a chance to be skewed.  For example, a baserunner's 1st to 3rd value may be inflated if he consistently has a hitter behind him that drives the ball to right field.  The reason it's not a big deal is that baserunning values almost never exceed + 8 runs, which is less than one full WAR.  The stat also passes the smell test, as Jason Heyward and Mike Trout had the highest values while Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina are at the bottom.

We know baserunning affects the value of a player, but quantifying that effect is tough.  The stat used here was created by the same guy who formed UZR, and the two stats are formed similarly.  That means there is some noise year-to-year, but I think it still does a good job in evaluation.

answered Oct 5, 2012 by LeeTro (346 points)
Everything Lee Tro said is correct here, but maybe I'm interpreting your question differently. When you ask about "movement from 1st to 3rd advancing on an out to 2nd, 3rd," are you asking if WAR gives credit to a hitter for moving baserunners over?

Because WAR does not give credit or penalize players for those things, if that's what you're asking.