Run differential was explained by Larry above, and WAR is a meaningless stat. There is no "replacement" - you have what you have, and a replacement in one area may be balanced by a replacement in another. It's a "pretend" scenario.
Wins and losses are the only stat that matters. When someone effectively comes up with a stat that measures a play like the cutoff man throwing behind the runner for an out, or getting thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double, then you may as well have Bill James' book in one hand and your member in the other.
what kind of boob starts a thread whining about power rankings?
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