WAR (Wins Above Replacement) measures how many wins a player gives his team above and beyond an ‘average replacement’ at his position. It takes every phase of the game into account: hitting, pitching, fielding and base running. It’s the best statistic for determining who the game’s best players truly are. These are the leaders going into the Fall.
Washington Nationals, P. Scherzer’s 16-7 record indicates that he’s a winner, but his 2.78 ERA also shows that other teams just don’t score much when he’s on the mound. And WAR loves runs statistics. WAR: 5.96.
Colorado Rockies. WAR: 6.13. Arenado’s 37 HRs and .296 BA are juicy, but WAR is really watching his 121 RBI and 107 Runs scored.
Seattle Mariners, 2B. WAR 6.20. Hitting .298, 33 HR with 87 RBI and 95 Runs scored makes Cano one of the dominant Second Basemen in the game.
Cleveland Indians, P. WAR: 6.28. Kluber is 16-9 with a.305 ERA after having surrendered just 74 Runs all year.
Baltimore Orioles, 3B. WAR: 6.44. Machado’s .305 BA, 35 HR and 91 RBI with 100 Runs makes him one of the game’s finest players at one its most competitive positions.
Seattle Mariners, 3B. WAR: 6.61. Seager has 93 RBI and 84 Runs to go with his 29 HR and .287 BA.
Minnesota Twins, 2B. WAR: 6.69. Dozier already has 41 HR, a .282 BA and 98 RBI to go with his 99 Runs.
Toronto Blue Jays, 3B. WAR: 6,88. Donaldson has shown great pop with 34 HR off a .288 BA, and he’s a scoring machine with 98 RBI and an AL-leading 114 Runs scored.
Chicago Cubs, 3B. WAR: 7.13. Bryant’s 114 R leads the NL, and the rest of his stat sheet is no less impressive: .295 BA, 37 HR and 95 RBI.
Houston Astros, SS. WAR: 7.66. Altuve’s .341 BA has him on the way to a Batting Crown; he also leads the AL with 196 Hits. With 24 HR and 27 SB, he’s got a decent shot at the 30-30 club. What WAR really loves is his ranking: 2nd in all baseball in Runs Created with 128.
Boston Red Sox, RF. WAR: 8.42. .312 BA, 30 HR (with 23 steals) and with a remarkable 105 RBI/109 R, he’s a prime scoring machine.
LA Angels, CF. WAR: 9.39. Did you notice that WAR numbers sort of crawl upward between 5.96 and 7.66, then take a jump with Betts, then go psycho with Trout? .316 BA, 27 HR (with 25 SB), 89 RBI with 110 R. He leads all baseball in Runs Created with 133, and is best defensive CF in baseball. Think someone else is the best player in baseball? You’re wrong.