so0perspam wrote:(Runs saved) + (Runs produced) = (Win Shares) is the problem I have with it. 50% of it shouldn't be runs saved. Compare the nasty stuff that the pitchers of today have against the routine grounder or the routine flyball. Good hitting skills are much more essential IMO than fielding skills. The equation should be something like (.25 X Runs saved) + (.75 X Runs Produced) = (Win Shares). My analylsis of fielding thus far may look like I don't put an emphasis upon it all, but that's not true. A team does not some good defense to be successful. But compared to hitting, it's value takes a huge hit.
But if you save 1 run, isn't that just as valuable as producing 1 run? Win Shares are caluclated in such a way that only 25-40% of the defensive win shares for a team are credited to fielders. That's 25-40% of that "Runs saved" part of the equation. The rest are credited to the pitcher. Win Shares doesn't put fielding and hitting on equal footing for the exact reason that you outlined above. However, it does account for fielding, which is an important (albeit smaller) part of the game.