Now that All-Star Game voting has opened, the casual fan may be wondering how to make an informed vote. We’ve compiled this season’s statistics in three key categories below. The stats we focus on are WAR, WPA, RE24.
What metrics did we choose and why?
WAR: “The WAR value calculated for a player is claimed to be the number of additional wins his team has achieved above the number of expected team wins if that player was substituted by a replacement-level player: a player that may be added to the team for minimal cost and effort.” Source: Wikipedia
WPA: “Win probability added (WPA) is a sport statistic which attempts to measure a player’s contribution to a win by figuring the factor by which each specific play made by that player has altered the outcome of a game.” Source: Wikipedia
RE24: “is based on the concept of run expectancy, which provides the average number of expected runs per inning given the current number of outs and placement of baserunners.” Source: FanGraphs
Leaders are listed for each league and position, along with our pick (based on positional rankings across all three metrics). Interestingly, the only consensus picks at this point are Brian McCann, Chris Davis, Manny Machado, Daniel Murphy, David Ortiz, and Bryce Harper.