Were Still Looking For The New Goose Gossage

Keone KelaTEX832+0.2 Chase De JongSEA010-0.4 Miguel CastroBAL301+0.5 Jacob TurnerWSH520-0.0 T. J. McFarlandARI621+0.2 Bud NorrisLAA1771+0.0 Jason GrilliTOR/TEX443-0.8 Jake JunisKC200+0.3 Vidal NunoBAL010-0.4 Brad PeacockHOU101+0.1 Brad HandSD3065+2.1 Albert SuarezSF420-0.2 Hoby MilnerPHI002+0.0 Jumbo DiazTB653-0.9 Jake DiekmanTEX101+0.2 Joe SmithTOR/CLE1811+2.5 Brad BrachBAL2661+1.9 Chris BeckCHW022-0.7 Roberto OsunaTOR26101+0.4 Felipe RiveroPIT3332+3.7 Doug FisterBOS420-0.1 Josh CollmenterATL020-0.7 Brooks PoundersLAA100+0.2 Trevor RosenthalSTL2581+0.6 Josh OsichSF426-0.2 Robert GsellmanNYM210-0.1 Sam FreemanATL1024+0.7 Wade LeBlancPIT232-0.8 Ryan PresslyMIN521+0.0 Ryan TeperaTOR2330+2.5 Wade DavisCHC2611+3.4 Tony ZychSEA853-0.6 Blake WoodCIN432-0.5 Richard BleierBAL421-0.1 Adam WarrenNYY1041+0.1 Jose RamirezATL1744+1.0 A. J. SchugelPIT200+0.3 Nick VincentSEA2336+2.4 Josh RavinLAD010-0.4 Jake McGeeCOL1252+0.1 Josh SmokerNYM723+0.3 Chris DevenskiHOU2186+0.2 Tanner ScheppersTEX101+0.2 Sean DoolittleOAK/WSH1926+2.1 Bryan MorrisSF300+0.4 Kirby YatesLAA/SD951-0.6 Sammy SolisWSH221-0.5 Neil RamirezNYM012-0.4 Juan MinayaCHW202+0.3 Heath HembreeBOS1055-0.2 SOURCE: SEAMHEADS.COM Johnny BarbatoPIT010-0.4 Dario AlvarezTEX201+0.3 Jonathan HolderNYY611+0.6 Pedro StropCHC1724+1.7 Mychal GivensBAL1734+1.6 Tony BarnetteTEX730+0.0 Brett CecilSTL1443+0.5 Sam MollOAK001+0.0 Jorge De La RosaARI1251-0.0 Matt AlbersWSH1124+0.9 Adam OttavinoCOL1373-0.4 Luis GarciaPHI943-0.2 Chad GreenNYY122-0.6 Matt BarnesBOS1673+0.1 Fernando AbadBOS501+0.8 Matt BelisleMIN1943+1.5 Jonathan BroxtonSTL120-0.6 Jose AlvaradoTB743-0.4 Mike DunnCOL1203+1.9 Eric O’FlahertyATL211-0.1 Shane GreeneDET1544+0.8 Jerry BlevinsNYM1557+0.3 Jose LeclercTEX733+0.0 J. C. RamirezLAA020-0.7 David RobertsonCHW/NYY2551+2.0 Craig BreslowMIN010-0.4 Hector SantiagoMIN010-0.4 Fernando RodneyARI2543+2.3 Trevor HildenbergerMIN512+0.4 Tyler OlsonCLE200+0.3 Gabriel YnoaBAL001+0.0 Justin GrimmCHC311+0.1 Cam BedrosianLAA1034+0.4 Craig StammenSD701+1.0 Blaine HardyDET121-0.6 Anthony SwarzakCHW/MIL1820+2.0 Arodys VizcainoATL2162+0.8 Alex WilsonDET1265-0.4 Tony WatsonPIT/LAD2384+0.4 Dustin McGowanMIA412+0.2 Chasen ShreveNYY623+0.2 Emilio PaganSEA330-0.6 Mike MontgomeryCHC1321+1.1 Daniel CoulombeOAK345-1.0 Felix PenaCHC100+0.1 Liam HendriksOAK961-0.9 Xavier CedenoTB013-0.4 Mark MelanconSF1350+0.0 Hansel RoblesNYM952-0.6 Josh HaderMIL532-0.4 Neftali FelizMIL/KC1060-0.7 Casey FienSEA/PHI320-0.3 Joely RodriguezPHI524-0.0 Jose AlvarezLAA554-1.1 Sam TuivailalaSTL321-0.3 Josh EdginNYM525-0.0 Warwick SaupoldDET113-0.2 Jimmy YacabonisBAL300+0.5 Taylor RogersMIN1864+0.6 Chris YoungKC100+0.2 Brent SuterMIL001+0.0 Tony SippHOU110-0.2 Santiago CasillaOAK1783-0.4 Cory GearrinSF932+0.2 Tom WilhelmsenARI112-0.2 Joe BlantonWSH320-0.3 Chris RowleyTOR310+0.1 Mike MorinLAA101+0.2 We’ve spent this season using a new statistic, the goose egg, in search of old-school relief pitchers. Specifically, we’ve been looking for pitchers that replicate some of the success of Hall of Famer Goose Gossage, for whom the goose egg is named. The “firemen” of Gossage’s day didn’t care as much about recording saves. Instead, they pitched in as many high-leverage situations as they could get their hands on: for instance, in tied games, or in the seventh or eighth innings when the situation demanded it. Pitchers like these provided a lot more value to their teams than modern closers who are often used exclusively in save situations. (The goose egg credits pitchers for clutch, scoreless relief innings, whether or not they’re save situations.)From the standpoint of overall bullpen usage patterns, there have been signs of progress around baseball. Major-league teams are placing less emphasis on the save and instead using their best relief pitchers in smarter ways.But no individual pitchers have come close to replicating the workload and value of Gossage, who accumulated a record 82 goose eggs — in 141.2 innings pitched — in 1975. In fact, no pitcher has yet earned even 40 goose eggs so far this season.The major-league leaders are the Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen and the Brewers’ Corey Knebel, who each had 38 goose eggs through Thursday night. Seattle’s Edwin Diaz leads the American League with 33 goose eggs, having helped lead the Mariners to a 25-13 record in one-run games.Knebel has had an outstanding season by any measure, but it’s been a fairly conventional one. The Brewers have dabbled with using him in Gossage-like situations — he’s made seven multi-inning appearances, for instance — but haven’t done so all that consistently.The Dodgers have gone a little further down the goose-feathered road with Jansen, who has 12 multi-inning appearances. The team has also avoided using Jansen with leads of three runs or more, which are usually a waste of an elite reliever’s talents. (A three-run lead is a save situation but not a goose situation.) And Jansen has been remarkably efficient, having converted all 38 of his goose opportunities. Still, Jansen is on pace for only 70 innings — typical for a modern closer, but only about half as many as Gossage threw at his peak.And some pitchers who were handling heavier workloads earlier in the season have seen their teams let up on the gas pedal — or have gotten themselves hurt. An early goose-egg favorite, the Astros’ Chris Devenski, has settled into a more conventional usage pattern as the season has worn on instead of routinely pitching two or more innings at a time. The Indians’ Andrew Miller has been on the DL twice in the past month.So the opportunity to see a truly Gossage-like season won’t happen for at least one more year. In the meantime, you can find complete goose stats for all pitchers this year in the table below. Tommy HunterTB2441+2.2 Dellin BetancesNYY2361+1.5 Dan JenningsCHW/TB248-1.2 Adam ConleyMIA010-0.4 Alex ClaudioTEX1837+1.8 Ben TaylorBOS101+0.2 Phil MatonSD711+0.6 Deolis GuerraLAA720+0.3 Buddy BaumannSD111-0.2 Mike ClevingerCLE010-0.4 Archie BradleyARI2645+2.5 Blake TreinenWSH/OAK1692-0.9 Michael LorenzenCIN2452+1.7 Robert StephensonCIN220-0.5 Matt GraceWSH112-0.2 Jason MotteATL212-0.1 Casey LawrenceTOR/SEA020-0.7 David HernandezLAA/ARI1314+1.6 Paul SewaldNYM752-0.9 Fernando SalasNYM/LAA764-1.2 Kevin SchackelfordCIN100+0.1 Danny BarnesTOR853-0.6 Nick WittgrenMIA611+0.5 Hector NerisPHI2463+1.3 Joe MusgroveHOU300+0.4 Austin Bibens-DirkxTEX001+0.0 Tyler ChatwoodCOL100+0.2 Jacob BarnesMIL2474+0.9 Ryan DullOAK623+0.2 Sam DysonTEX/SF2392+0.1 Matt BushTEX1662+0.4 Tyler LyonsSTL622+0.1 Shawn KelleyWSH620+0.1 Tim AdlemanCIN011-0.4 Carlos TorresMIL643-0.6 Goose stats through Sept. 7, 2017 Jean MachiSEA101+0.2 Frankie MontasOAK110-0.2 Chase WhitleyTB641-0.6 Francis MartesHOU312+0.1 Evan ScribnerSEA020-0.7 Mike MinorKC1963+0.8 Oliver PerezWSH514+0.4 Buddy BoshersMIN010-0.4 Dominic LeoneTOR736+0.0 James PazosSEA1245+0.4 Kelvin HerreraKC2562+1.7 Craig KimbrelBOS2540+2.6 Brian DuensingCHC521-0.0 Alex WoodLAD301+0.4 Kenley JansenLAD3801+5.4 Jayson AquinoBAL010-0.4 Jared HughesMIL942-0.2 Jake PetrickaCHW223-0.4 Blake ParkerLAA1641+1.0 Kevin SiegristSTL812+0.8 Drew VerHagenDET210-0.1 Carlos RamirezTOR400+0.6 Hector RondonCHC1032+0.3 Peter MoylanKC903+1.4 Jim JohnsonATL1983-0.2 Ken GilesHOU1743+1.1 Ryan MadsonOAK/WSH2131+2.0 Bryan ShawCLE2264+1.4 Jake BarrettARI203+0.3 Joe JimenezDET010-0.4 Josh SmithOAK210-0.1 John AxfordOAK120-0.6 Andrew KittredgeTB110-0.2 Kyle BarracloughMIA1741+0.9 Addison ReedNYM/BOS2756+2.1 Marc RzepczynskiSEA1039+0.4 Brad GoldbergCHW001+0.0 Tyler WilsonBAL111-0.2 Matt DermodyTOR301+0.5 Kevin McCarthyKC100+0.2 Brandon MorrowLAD740-0.5 Carson SmithBOS100+0.2 Miguel SocolovichSTL101+0.1 David PhelpsMIA/SEA1683-0.7 Oliver DrakeMIL431-0.5 Jordan LylesCOL210-0.0 Koda GloverWSH822+0.4 Ty BlachSF101+0.1 Tony CingraniCIN/LAD523-0.0 Andrew MillerCLE3152+3.2 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ J. J. HooverARI632-0.2 Matthew BowmanSTL1755+0.6 Dovydas NeverauskasPIT300+0.4 Greg HollandCOL2450+2.0 Jandel GustaveHOU010-0.4 Domingo GermanNYY010-0.4 Dan AltavillaSEA331-0.6 J. P. HowellTOR010-0.4 Chris HatcherLAD/OAK332-0.7 Rex BrothersATL331-0.7 John BrebbiaSTL103+0.1 Corey KnebelMIL3862+3.4 Nick GoodyCLE011-0.4 Eduardo ParedesLAA200+0.3 Edubray RamosPHI3111-3.7 Kyle RyanDET210-0.1 Josh FieldsLAD542-0.8 Ryan SherriffSTL210-0.1 Robby ScottBOS3210-0.2 Joakim SoriaKC2672+1.5 Stefan ChrichtonBAL010-0.4 Scott AlexanderKC533-0.3 Greg InfanteCHW113-0.2 Carlos EstevezCOL300+0.5 Ryan BuchterSD/KC1463-0.2 Asher WojciechowskiCIN200+0.3 George KontosSF/PIT973-1.3 Jose TorresSD542-0.8 Austin PruittTB300+0.5 Joaquin BenoitPHI/PIT16110-1.8 Adam KolarekTB021-0.7 Pat NeshekPHI/COL2127+2.4 Brandon KintzlerMIN/WSH2944+2.9 Drew SteckenriderMIA610+0.5 Lucas HarrellTOR001+0.0 Luis AvilanLAD534-0.4 Brad BoxbergerTB231-0.8 Brandon WorkmanBOS710+0.8 Brian EllingtonMIA210-0.1 Cody AllenCLE2075+0.7 Jeanmar GomezPHI721+0.3 Ryne StanekTB013-0.4 Matt StrahmKC231-0.8 Steven OkertSF649-0.6 Blaine BoyerBOS611+0.6 Tom KoehlerTOR301+0.5 Yusmeiro PetitLAA1722+1.8 Joe KellyBOS744-0.3 Boone LoganCLE104+0.2 Travis WoodKC331-0.6 Mike PelfreyCHW001+0.0 Mike BolsingerTOR310+0.1 Randall DelgadoARI500+0.8 Koji UeharaCHC1563-0.1 Zach PutnamCHW200+0.3 Ben HellerNYY101+0.2 Joe BiaginiTOR932+0.3 Caleb SmithNYY110-0.2 Francisco RodriguezDET382-2.5 Darren O’DayBAL932+0.3 Yovani GallardoSEA100+0.2 Tyler PillNYM010-0.4 Derek LawSF1131+0.5 Steve CishekSEA/TB723+0.3 Luke JacksonATL100+0.1 Kyle CrickSF100+0.1 Justin HaleyMIN110-0.2 Luis SantosTOR200+0.3 Donnie HartBAL313+0.1 Hector VelazquezBOS500+0.8 Francisco LirianoHOU120-0.6 Chad QuallsCOL210-0.0 Will HarrisHOU1630+1.3 Luke GregersonHOU952-0.5 Zach BrittonBAL1100+1.7 Tommy KahnleCHW/NYY1582-0.6 Kenyan MiddletonLAA621+0.2 Pedro BaezLAD1357-0.0 Austin MaddoxBOS200+0.3 Brad ZieglerMIA932+0.2 Jhan MarinezMIL/PIT320-0.3 Michael FelizHOU110-0.2 Logan VerrettBAL400+0.6 James HoytHOU110-0.2 Rob ScahillMIL110-0.2 Nate JonesCHW410+0.2 Justin WilsonDET/CHC2252+1.5 Zach DukeSTL111-0.2 Al AlburquerqueKC010-0.4 Erik GoeddelNYM111-0.2 Edwin DiazSEA3373+2.4 Zach McAllisterCLE121-0.6 Seung-hwan OhSTL2256+1.3 Ian KrolATL623+0.1 Parker BridwellLAA001+0.0 Sergio RomoLAD/TB330-0.7 Wily PeraltaMIL120-0.6 Aaron BummerCHW251-1.5 Kevin QuackenbushSD120-0.6 Miguel DiazSD010-0.4 Drew StorenCIN423-0.2 Enny RomeroWSH1346+0.4 Wandy PeraltaCIN1533+1.1 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ Chad BellDET001+0.0 Carl EdwardsCHC1883-0.4 Scott ObergCOL623+0.2 Ricardo PintoPHI111-0.2 Adam MorganPHI500+0.7 Troy ScribnerLAA001+0.0 Ross StriplingLAD961-1.0 Brock StewartLAD200+0.3 Jeurys FamiliaNYM412+0.2 Raisel IglesiasCIN2812+3.8 Ernesto FrieriTEX010-0.4 Alex ColomeTB3264+2.7 Giovanny GallegosNYY010-0.4 Bryan MitchellNYY010-0.4 Aaron LoupTOR5310-0.3 Austin BriceCIN400+0.6 Hunter StricklandSF2151+1.2 Andrew ChafinARI366-1.8 Jesse ChavezLAA111-0.2 Alec AsherBAL311+0.1 Erasmo RamirezTB712+0.7 Jeremy JeffressTEX/MIL231-0.8 Odrisamer DespaigneMIA100+0.1 Antonio BastardoPIT010-0.4 Akeel MorrisATL001+0.0 Diego MorenoTB010-0.4 Ryan GartonTB030-1.1 AJ RamosMIA/NYM1643+0.8 Ronald HerreraNYY010-0.4 Simon CastroOAK011-0.4 Jeff BeliveauTOR111-0.2 Grant DaytonLAD112-0.2 Rubby De La RosaARI011-0.4 Danny FarquharTB/CHW932+0.3 Daniel HudsonPIT754-0.8 Rafael MonteroNYM131-1.0 Daniel StumpfDET214-0.1 Dan OteroCLE200+0.3 Jarlin GarciaMIA014-0.4 Mark LeiterPHI010-0.4 Juan NicasioPIT/PHI1278-0.9 Ricardo RodriguezTEX020-0.7 Tyler DuffeyMIN1133+0.6 Brandon MaurerSD/KC1980-0.2 Robbie RossBOS100+0.2 Aroldis ChapmanNYY1433+1.1 Chris RusinCOL1033+0.5 Tyler ClippardCHW/NYY997-1.9 Junichi TazawaMIA860-1.1 Bruce RondonDET430-0.5

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