Sportscasts focus on traditional stats: batting average, home runs, and runs batted in. These stats leave out a lot—things like positional context and defense. Luckily, Internet analysts can get a clearer picture by taking more into account.
Wins above replacement (WAR) is the stat that measures all these factors, side by side. The final numbers can be a little surprising. Here are some head-to-head player comparisons that don’t turn out the way you might expect.