WAR and the World Series: Is WAR an Indicator of October Success?

By Ryan Borgemenke

This article was published in the Fall 2018 Baseball Research Journal.

Does a higher team WAR, a value based on regular-season statistics, correlate with a higher winning percentage in the World Series? Can WAR be used to describe teams that play in the World Series? Using a historical approach, were there eras in which teams with lower WAR values than their opponent won more frequently? Introduction The statistic Wins Above Replacement, or WAR, is an increasingly popular method of quickly determining a player’s worth, and by extension, the value of an entire . . .

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