a) I really don’t get why you must make it into A vs. B with stats and watching. They are not incompatible and both are needed in intelligent discussion.
a) refers to this ^…that is, who said anything about ignoring the latter?
b) Sophistry is comparing Wins and Saves to xG, when there is literally zero comparison to be had, and as a4tt suggested, is really very uncommon in someone as intelligent as yourself, I can only imagine that you are having a brain fart or drank too much yesterday like me, because I think you will see how bad that comparison is if you think about it for a second. Like I said, xG would be much closer to something like Runs Added, which is the basis of WAR. Even if it isn’t a perfect analogy to Runs Added, it certainly is nothing like Wins or Saves, which find pretty good corollaries in the suggestions I made just now in the post above.