So I was perusing the pitching stats today and was looking at WAR leaders for pitchers (on ESPN, which I think is bWAR)
Kenta Maeda is at 1.5, which without context seems just fine.
Then I look above him.
Max Scherzer is at 2.1. Hmmmm...
He has and ERA over 4, and a WHIP of 1.4, while pitching the exact same number of innings as Maeda. He's got a decent amount more strikeouts than Maeda but not a TON more, so I chalk up bWAR being focused on K/9 or something.
So I look higher.
Max Fried 2.8 WAR. Nearly double that of Maeda. K rate is a decent amount lower than Maeda (about the difference between Kenta and Max), but has a lower ERA. That's literally the only stat that he outperforms Maeda on. So why is his WAR twice as high?
So.... What the heck does pitcher WAR look at?
Update: Maeda is above both pitchers on fWAR. Which really just makes things more confusing