Here's the short form method of figuring out Win Shares:
1. Figure out Runs Created for all players on a team. 2. Figure out Outs Made by each hitter. 3. Divide Outs/12 and subtract that from Runs Created. 4. Divide that number by 3. The result is each hitter's batting Win Shares (but not <0). 5. For pitchers as hitters, do same but don't subtract Outs. 6. For pitchers as pitchers, multiply league ERA by 1.5 and then subtract 1.0. 7. Figure out how many earned runs the pitcher would have allowed had that been his ERA 8. Subtract his actual ERA 9. Add his Saves. 10. Divide by 3. That is the pitcher's Win Share (not <0). 11. For fielders, give the player one Win Share for every 24 games as catcher, 76 games at first, 28 games at second, 38 games at third, 25 at shortstop and 48 in outfield. 12. Figure out the team total, and then adjust all totals upward or downward so that the team total matches 3x the team's wins. 13. Round off numbers to integers.
Easy as pie, right?
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Heh. If the Sox win the World Series this year, then and only then should they proclaim “the curse has been broken!” As it is... sure, it's a unique sense of circumstances, but it's just a kid getting smacked in the mouth with a baseball.