I have no idea how everyone calculates WAR, but I find this to be very interesting. Looking at espn.com's stats page, I see these two pitchers right under one another when you sort by ERA.
Salazar, Cle: 74.0 ip, 7-3, 2.19 era, 1.14 whip
Wright, Bos: 89.1 ip, 8-4, 2.22 era, 1.12 whip
Wright's era is virtually identical, with a virtually identical whip and W-L record. But Wright has pitched 15 innings more, making him more valuable, worth more. Salazar has averaged 6.17 innings per start, while Wright has averaged 6.87 innings per start.
Yet here are their espn WAR numbers:
If you have two guys who have produced at virtually the exact same rate, how can the guy who has pitched 15+ fewer innings have a significantly better WAR? How does that make any sense?
EDIT: FWIW, they have Salazar's WAR higher than the following guys as well:
- Arrieta: 87.0 ip, 10-1, 1.86 era, 0.85 whip
- Lester: 85.2 ip, 8-3, 1.89 era, 0.95 whip
- Syndergaard: 85.0 ip, 7-2, 1.91 era, 0.96 whip
- Bumgarner: 94.0 ip, 8-2, 1.91 era, 1.03 whip
- Cueto: 102.2 ip, 10-1, 2.10 era, 1.00 whip
I don't get it.
DOUBLE EDIT: To Adrian's Dome's point below this, I thought of that. Then I saw that Arrieta, Syndergaard, Bumgarner, and Cueto all have more Ks than Salazar does, some by a sizable margin. So take Bumgarner. Here's how he stacks up vs. Salazar:
20 more innings pitched
ERA 0.28 better
18 more strikeouts
WHIP 0.11 better
Yet Salazar's WAR is 3.4 while Bumgarner's is 2.7. That's 26% higher than Bumgarner's. Which seems totally insane considering that Bumgarner is better than Salazar in every meaningful statistical way.