Nate Silver has a replacement stat for the save: the goose egg. The stat, which he announced today, is part tribute, part troll of former Yankees closer Goose Gossage. Silver lays out his idea in detail on FiveThirtyEight, but essentially a goose egg would be rewarded to a pitcher for pitching one scoreless inning in the 7th inning or later when his team is tied or up by no more than two runs. Which 2016 pitchers had the most goose eggs? Jeurys Familia (42), Andrew Miller (42), and Zach Britton (40).
Speaking of statistcal analysis, our very own took a look at the similarities between current Red Sox ace Chris Sale and former Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez. As Peter writes, Sale is 28 years old and averaged 204 IP, 226 SO, 2.97 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 5.5. WAR with the White Sox. Pedro was traded to the Red Sox at age 26, and averaged 199 IP, 211 SO, 3.06 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 5 WAR with the Expos prior.
Two weeks into the season, five guys have reached the 1 WAR mark (using FranGraphs data): pitchers James Paxton and Noah Syndergaard and hitters Chase Headley, Francisco Lindor, and Eric Thames. The most impressive of the bunch may be Thames, who has mashed six homers in just 44 PA (a far cry from his 12 HR in 394 PA during his last MLB stint in 2011).