Playing with Numbers: Buy low, sell high with Runs Created
Let's take another look at Runs Created, which we discussed a couple of months ago in this column. Runs Created is a concept developed by "Baseball Abstract" author Bill James that attempts to quantify a player's involvement in each run scored by his real-life team. Because a run scored is the only truly important stat to real baseball -- the team that scores the most runs in a given game wins -- determining how much each player contributes to scoring runs is a valuable tool for assessing a player's real-life value. James developed a formula that combined a player's ability to get on base, his ability to advance runners or himself further around the bases, and his opportunity to produce into one easy-to-read value: the number of runs a player has helped create throughout a season.
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