April 1, 2015
Power Ranking Baseball Teams by Wins Above Average (wAA)
The wAA statistic is a way of measuring the strength of teams in baseball. It measures how many more wins a team has than an average team.
Below are the current standings, sorted from strongest to weakest.
The most powerful team and the best in baseball is the Tampa Bay Rays with a wAA of 3.5. The worst team in baseball is the Minnesota Twins with a wAA of -4.9.
One of the most popular posts here at Power Ranking Baseball Teams by Wins Above Average (wAA) is The Best Team Ever . It was written about a year ago and the data presented was for the 2004 season.
Over the next few weeks we will be updating those numbers to include 2005 and 2006. We will start with the American League, move on to the National League, and finish up with Interleague Play.
The most common way to rank baseball teams is to rank them by their winning percentage in the standings. In other words, a team that wins 90 games out of 162 games played and loses 72 games would be ranked ahead of a team that won 85 games and lost 77 games. To be ranked higher than another team, you must win more games than them.
This is the wrong way to rank baseball teams. The true measure of how good a baseball team is should be based on how many more wins they have compared to an average team. For example, a team that wins 90 games might not look all that impressive if the average winning percentage for teams in the league that year was 0.560 (90/162) whereas a team that wins 85 games might actually be more impressive if most teams in the league finished with a record below 0.500 (85/162).
In this article I will use wAA (or “wins above average”) as my measure for ranking teams by how many more games they won compared to an average team. A team with an wAA value of +3 means that they had 3 more wins than an average team would have had if it played all 162 of the same opponents at home and on the road in the same ballparks
When we look at a baseball teams records, we are essentially looking at their starters and position players performances as it relates to the team’s scores. This is why we use metrics like wAA to rank teams.
In this post, I will show you how to rank teams by wAA.
The formula for wAA is pretty simple:
wAA = (runs scored – runs allowed) / (games played + games not played)
So if the Yankees have 100 wins and the Red Sox have 90 wins, they are ranked 1st and 2nd respectively in the American League East.
Baseball is a sport where the majority of scoring comes from home runs and stolen bases. Therefore, most baseball players have a high rate of home runs or stolen bases. To be successful, a player must have both power and speed. For example, Babe Ruth was one of the best baseball players in history and had the highest home run rate in the league. This led to him being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1936. In today’s MLB, many players are paid millions of dollars to play baseball because they possess both power and speed.
This blog will focus on how well Major League Baseball (MLB) teams perform compared to their peers each season. This can help fans better understand which teams are likely to win more games than others and what factors affect their performance.
In addition, this blog will also discuss how to improve your team’s performance by analyzing data from previous seasons. I believe that this information will help you become more competitive during your next fantasy baseball draft!
The Pirates are now a .500 baseball team (34-34). The last time the Pirates had a record like this was May 16, 2002. The Pirates were 19-19 at this time.
The Pirates have been in first place for one day so far this year. The only other time they have been in first place this late in the season was 1997 and 1992.
If you take away the 11 games that Zach Duke has started, the Pirates would be a .550 ball club (29-24). This is similar to the Mets who without Pedro Martinez would be a .526 ball club (28-25).
The division winning Cardinals of 2004 had a record of 34-34 at this point in the season.**
Essentially, the formula is as follows: Runs Created = (Hits + Walks) * (Total Bases / At-Bats) and then we create a league average and subtract that from a team’s Runs Created to get wAA.
This is where the real magic of wAA begins to show itself, because you can use wAA to track how good or bad a player or a team was throughout any period of time. So if you’re interested in how good the Boston Red Sox were at the end of their historic 2004 season, they had a wAA of 581.5, which is quite impressive. How about their mid-season performance? They had a wAA of 527.5 and for those wondering about their early season play, they had a wAA of 361.2, which means that either their early season was really bad or all other teams in MLB were really good in April 2004.
At this point, you may be saying “Wait a minute! I thought this was the most accurate method for ranking teams!” And it is. But one thing that makes baseball so exciting is that it’s unpredictable! One day you may have the best team in baseball but face a pitcher