In baseball, statistics are used to analyze players, teams and many other aspects of the game. Most of them are almost another language for those not familiar with them. So here is a few comments on some statistics we commonly use:
- Wins do not gauge a pitcher’s skill level, however ERA+ and K:BB ratio do.
- ERA+ compares ERA with league average: >100 = above average, <100 = below average
- WAR and OPS+ give a pretty good idea of how productive a player is.
- For WAR (Wins Above Replacement): 8+ = MVP tier, 5+ = all-star tier, 2+ = starter, 0-2 =reserve, <0 = replacement level.
- oWAR and dWAR gauge offensive and defensive categories respectively.
- OPS+ compares OPS with league average: >100 = above league average, <100 = below league average
- RAR measures the amount of runs above replacement
- oRAR being the amount of offensive runs above replacement, ignoring defensive skill variables.