Re: To Fangraphs, or Not to Fangraphs, that is the question.
Originally Posted by The Voice of IH
Here is a n00b question that I want to ask.
Wouldn't Shin-Soo Choo's WAR be higher when he plays for the Reds than when he played for the Indians. Clearly, the Reds were in need of a leadoff hitter much more than Cleveland did.
How does WAR account for that?
At its heart, WAR is about giving a player credit for his actions over a generic baseline replacement.
What you're describing is the reality of the situation that "real" replacement level varies by team, position, etc.
If you want to analyze how much the Reds team improves as a result of having Choo instead of Stubbs, you can compared two players. But realize that's a team-level question. Choo himself
isn't a more (or less) productive player as a result of who he is replacing.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.