Whether justifiably or not, in modern baseball conversations, W.A.R. (wins above replacement) has become the goto statistic to qualify who's the best in the game.
My question is, can it be applied to teams? And has it?
What I mean is: say we figured out the record of an all replacement level squad - it seems like it would vary based upon the year, but for ease of this question, let's say 62 wins, 100 losses.
Maybe it should be less, but whatever the case, what we're talking about here is the win-loss record for a team with a combined W.A.R. of 0.0.
Now - if we took at a team with 92 wins and 70 losses, how close would their record come to their combined team W.A.R.? In other words, could we expect them to have a combined team W.A.R. of 30? If not; why not?
Is there any sort of statistical interest in combined team W.A.R., and / or has any sort of analysis been done to see how closely team W.A.R. correlates to actual Wins and Losses?
And if it doesn't correlate in that manner, shouldn't the name be changed?