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Our 2017 Goose-Egg Reliever Rankings Are Here

Last month, we introduced a new statistic called the goose egg to measure relief pitchers (The quick-and-dirty version: A pitcher gets a goose egg for each scoreless, clutch relief inning.) Our research revealed that the best relievers of today are much less valuable than the best “firemen” of the 1970s and 1980s, such as Hall of Famer Goose Gossage, who would pitch multiple innings at a time, come in to pitch in tied games, and enter in jams with runners on base — important contributions that the save doesn’t reward, but the goose egg does.

But as Ben Lindbergh recently documented over at The Ringer, the hegemony of the save may have loosened just slightly. So far this year, the Cleveland Indians’ Andrew Miller — who might be the American League’s best reliever — has made five appearances that stretched over multiple innings. Miller, who has yet to allow a run on the season, doesn’t have any saves. But he does have 10 goose eggs, tying him for third in baseball. (All statistics in this article are accurate through the end of May 4.)

Even more encouraging is the case of the Astros’ Chris Devenski. He has pitched a Gossage-like 18.1 innings over eight appearances so far this year. (In 1975, when Gossage set the single-season record with 82 goose eggs, he pitched 141.2 innings over 62 appearances.) Devenski has only one save, but he has 10 goose eggs. With an exceptional ratio of 34 strikeouts against just two walks on the season, he has grown more comfortable with his multi-inning role. If the Astros keep moving him up their pecking order — Devenski has been used in some high-leverage situations so far, but also some medium-leverage ones — he’ll be a candidate to finish with 50 or even 60 goose eggs. No pitcher has reached the 60 goose-egg benchmark since Scot Shields in 2005.

PITCHER
TEAM
GOOSE EGGS
BROKEN EGGS
MEHS
GWAR
Brad Brach BAL 12 0 0 +1.9
Andrew Miller CLE 10 0 0 +1.6
Greg Holland COL 11 0 0 +1.6
Raisel Iglesias CIN 8 0 0 +1.1
Wade Davis CHC 8 0 0 +1.0
Cody Allen CLE 6 0 1 +1.0
Kenley Jansen LAD 8 0 1 +1.0
Zach Britton BAL 6 0 0 +0.9
Craig Kimbrel BOS 8 1 0 +0.9
Michael Lorenzen CIN 7 0 0 +0.9
Chris Devenski HOU 10 2 1 +0.8
Will Harris HOU 5 0 0 +0.8
Kyle Barraclough MIA 6 0 0 +0.8
Brandon Kintzler MIN 5 0 1 +0.8
Aroldis Chapman NYY 5 0 0 +0.8
Hector Neris PHI 6 0 1 +0.8
Tony Watson PIT 6 0 1 +0.8
Seung-hwan Oh STL 6 0 2 +0.8
Mychal Givens BAL 7 1 2 +0.7
Mike Dunn COL 5 0 1 +0.7
Corey Knebel MIL 8 1 2 +0.7
Jerry Blevins NYM 5 0 3 +0.7
Joely Rodriguez PHI 5 0 3 +0.7
Matt Barnes BOS 4 0 2 +0.6
Justin Wilson DET 6 1 0 +0.6
Joakim Soria KC 6 1 1 +0.6
Dellin Betances NYY 6 1 0 +0.6
Felipe Rivero PIT 7 1 1 +0.6
Edwin Diaz SEA 6 1 1 +0.6
Erasmo Ramirez TB 4 0 1 +0.6
Yusmeiro Petit LAA 3 0 2 +0.5
Cam Bedrosian LAA 3 0 3 +0.5
David Hernandez LAA 3 0 0 +0.5
Archie Bradley ARI 6 1 1 +0.5
Anthony Swarzak CHW 3 0 0 +0.5
Bryan Shaw CLE 3 0 1 +0.5
Chase Whitley TB 3 0 1 +0.5
Deolis Guerra LAA 5 1 0 +0.4
J. J. Hoover ARI 3 0 1 +0.4
Randall Delgado ARI 3 0 0 +0.4
David Robertson CHW 5 1 0 +0.4
Hector Rondon CHC 6 1 1 +0.4
Wandy Peralta CIN 3 0 0 +0.4
Scott Oberg COL 3 0 0 +0.4
Jake McGee COL 3 0 1 +0.4
Luke Gregerson HOU 5 1 0 +0.4
Alex Wood LAD 3 0 1 +0.4
Nick Wittgren MIA 3 0 0 +0.4
Jacob Barnes MIL 6 1 0 +0.4
Kevin Siegrist STL 3 0 0 +0.4
Matt Bush TEX 5 1 0 +0.4
Jacob Turner WAS 3 0 0 +0.4
Oliver Perez WAS 3 0 1 +0.4
Jorge De La Rosa ARI 5 1 1 +0.3
Robby Scott BOS 2 0 3 +0.3
Zach Putnam CHW 2 0 0 +0.3
Mike Montgomery CHC 5 1 1 +0.3
Pedro Strop CHC 2 0 3 +0.3
Chris Rusin COL 2 0 1 +0.3
Kelvin Herrera KC 4 1 0 +0.3
Peter Moylan KC 2 0 1 +0.3
Dustin McGowan MIA 2 0 1 +0.3
Jared Hughes MIL 2 0 0 +0.3
Jeurys Familia NYM 2 0 2 +0.3
Pat Neshek PHI 2 0 2 +0.3
Luis Garcia PHI 2 0 0 +0.3
Brandon Maurer SD 5 1 0 +0.3
Marc Rzepczynski SEA 2 0 2 +0.3
Nick Vincent SEA 2 0 0 +0.3
Brett Cecil STL 5 1 1 +0.3
Alex Colome TB 7 2 1 +0.3
Dario Alvarez TEX 2 0 1 +0.3
Ryan Tepera TOR 4 1 0 +0.3
Matt Albers WAS 2 0 0 +0.3
Brooks Pounders LAA 1 0 0 +0.2
Logan Verrett BAL 1 0 0 +0.2
Fernando Abad BOS 1 0 0 +0.2
Robbie Ross BOS 1 0 0 +0.2
Nate Jones CHW 4 1 0 +0.2
Brad Peacock HOU 1 0 1 +0.2
Michael Feliz HOU 1 0 0 +0.2
Chris Young KC 1 0 0 +0.2
Sean Doolittle OAK 4 1 2 +0.2
Frankie Montas OAK 1 0 0 +0.2
Casey Fien SEA 1 0 0 +0.2
Jean Machi SEA 1 0 0 +0.2
Jumbo Diaz TB 1 0 2 +0.2
Austin Pruitt TB 1 0 0 +0.2
Alex Claudio TEX 1 0 1 +0.2
Jose Ramirez ATL 4 1 0 +0.1
Tommy Kahnle CHW 3 1 0 +0.1
Carl Edwards CHC 4 1 1 +0.1
Justin Grimm CHC 1 0 1 +0.1
Adam Ottavino COL 8 3 2 +0.1
Carlos Estevez COL 1 0 0 +0.1
Chad Qualls COL 1 0 0 +0.1
Josh Fields LAD 1 0 1 +0.1
Brad Ziegler MIA 4 1 0 +0.1
Oliver Drake MIL 1 0 0 +0.1
Taylor Rogers MIN 3 1 1 +0.1
Matt Belisle MIN 3 1 2 +0.1
Addison Reed NYM 7 2 2 +0.1
Hansel Robles NYM 4 1 2 +0.1
Fernando Salas NYM 4 1 1 +0.1
Josh Smoker NYM 4 1 2 +0.1
Wade LeBlanc PIT 1 0 0 +0.1
Brad Hand SD 4 1 0 +0.1
Kevin Quackenbush SD 1 0 0 +0.1
Steven Okert SF 4 1 2 +0.1
Hunter Strickland SF 1 0 0 +0.1
Ty Blach SF 1 0 1 +0.1
Trevor Rosenthal STL 4 1 0 +0.1
Miguel Socolovich STL 1 0 1 +0.1
Keone Kela TEX 3 1 0 +0.1
Joe Smith TOR 3 1 1 +0.1
Koda Glover WAS 4 1 1 +0.1
Shawn Kelley WAS 4 1 0 +0.1
Tom Wilhelmsen ARI 0 0 2 +0.0
Jim Johnson ATL 6 2 0 +0.0
Donnie Hart BAL 2 1 3 +0.0
Joe Kelly BOS 2 1 1 +0.0
Ben Taylor BOS 0 0 1 +0.0
Dan Jennings CHW 0 0 2 +0.0
Koji Uehara CHC 6 2 1 +0.0
Boone Logan CLE 0 0 1 +0.0
Shane Greene DET 0 0 1 +0.0
A. J. Ramos MIA 3 1 0 +0.0
Brent Suter MIL 0 0 1 +0.0
Adam Warren NYY 0 0 1 +0.0
Josh Edgin NYM 3 1 0 +0.0
Santiago Casilla OAK 5 2 1 +0.0
Liam Hendriks OAK 0 0 1 +0.0
Jeanmar Gomez PHI 3 1 1 +0.0
Daniel Hudson PIT 3 1 2 +0.0
Mark Melancon SF 6 2 0 +0.0
Matthew Bowman STL 6 2 0 +0.0
Aaron Loup TOR 0 0 1 +0.0
Enny Romero WAS 3 1 1 +0.0
Alex Wilson DET 4 2 2 -0.1
Kyle Ryan DET 2 1 0 -0.1
Ken Giles HOU 2 1 0 -0.1
Tyler Duffey MIN 2 1 0 -0.1
Ryan Madson OAK 2 1 0 -0.1
Ryan Dull OAK 2 1 2 -0.1
Joaquin Benoit PHI 5 2 0 -0.1
James Pazos SEA 2 1 2 -0.1
Tony Zych SEA 2 1 0 -0.1
Derek Law SF 5 2 1 -0.1
Blake Treinen WAS 2 1 0 -0.1
Arodys Vizcaino ATL 4 2 1 -0.2
Tyler Wilson BAL 1 1 1 -0.2
Heath Hembree BOS 1 1 3 -0.2
Jordan Lyles COL 1 1 0 -0.2
Mike Minor KC 3 2 0 -0.2
Scott Alexander KC 1 1 0 -0.2
Tyler Clippard NYY 1 1 2 -0.2
Dan Altavilla SEA 1 1 1 -0.2
Tommy Hunter TB 1 1 0 -0.2
Tony Barnette TEX 3 2 0 -0.2
Jose Leclerc TEX 1 1 0 -0.2
Dominic Leone TOR 1 1 1 -0.2
Bud Norris LAA 5 3 0 -0.3
Jose Alvarez LAA 3 2 2 -0.3
Ian Krol ATL 1 1 0 -0.3
Darren O’Day BAL 3 2 1 -0.3
Tony Cingrani CIN 1 1 0 -0.3
Drew Storen CIN 1 1 0 -0.3
Luis Avilan LAD 1 1 2 -0.3
Chris Hatcher LAD 1 1 0 -0.3
Neftali Feliz MIL 6 3 0 -0.3
Jhan Marinez MIL 1 1 0 -0.3
Sammy Solis WAS 1 1 0 -0.3
Kirby Yates LAA 0 1 0 -0.4
Jesse Chavez LAA 0 1 0 -0.4
Andrew Chafin ARI 0 1 1 -0.4
Jayson Aquino BAL 0 1 0 -0.4
Alec Asher BAL 0 1 0 -0.4
Robert Stephenson CIN 0 1 0 -0.4
Blake Wood CIN 0 1 0 -0.4
Bruce Rondon DET 0 1 0 -0.4
Jandel Gustave HOU 0 1 0 -0.4
Pedro Baez LAD 0 1 1 -0.4
Grant Dayton LAD 0 1 0 -0.4
Adam Conley MIA 0 1 0 -0.4
Bryan Mitchell NYY 0 1 0 -0.4
Daniel Coulombe OAK 0 1 0 -0.4
Antonio Bastardo PIT 0 1 0 -0.4
Miguel Diaz SD 0 1 0 -0.4
Jose Torres SD 0 1 0 -0.4
Chase De Jong SEA 0 1 0 -0.4
George Kontos SF 3 2 1 -0.4
Cory Gearrin SF 0 1 0 -0.4
Danny Farquhar TB 2 2 1 -0.4
Xavier Cedeno TB 0 1 3 -0.4
Ryan Garton TB 0 1 0 -0.4
Jason Grilli TOR 2 2 0 -0.4
Casey Lawrence TOR 0 1 0 -0.4
J. P. Howell TOR 0 1 0 -0.4
Blake Parker LAA 4 3 1 -0.5
Sergio Romo LAD 2 2 0 -0.5
Carlos Torres MIL 2 2 1 -0.5
Juan Nicasio PIT 2 2 1 -0.5
Joe Biagini TOR 4 3 2 -0.5
Fernando Rodney ARI 4 3 1 -0.6
Travis Wood KC 3 3 0 -0.6
Matt Strahm KC 1 2 0 -0.6
Ross Stripling LAD 4 3 1 -0.6
Junichi Tazawa MIA 1 2 0 -0.6
Ryan Pressly MIN 1 2 0 -0.6
Rafael Montero NYM 1 2 1 -0.6
Joe Blanton WAS 1 2 0 -0.6
J. C. Ramirez LAA 0 2 0 -0.7
Evan Scribner SEA 0 2 0 -0.7
Jeremy Jeffress TEX 0 2 0 -0.7
Francisco Rodriguez DET 2 3 2 -0.8
Ryan Buchter SD 3 3 1 -0.8
Sam Dyson TEX 0 3 1 -1.1
David Phelps MIA 2 4 0 -1.3
Roberto Osuna TOR 1 4 0 -1.3
Edubray Ramos PHI 0 5 0 -1.9

Nate Silver is the founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight.

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