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Javier Báez’s OBP would make him a rare kind of MVP winner

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A lowered release point has fixed a lot of issues for Trevor May

His peripherals have him looking like one of the more improved relievers this year.

Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 9/19/18

The Dodgers’ high WS odds; Willians Astudillo’s legend; Kyle Freeland as an old school starter

Josh James is the final ingredient to one of the greatest bullpens ever

The big-framed righty with a triple-digit fastball brings exciting potential just in time for October.

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Rick Porcello continues to frustrate

The former Cy Young winner has pitched poorly since July.

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Marty’s musings: the NL West is still up for grabs

Red Sox get to 100, Dodgers and Rockies continue to jockey in the NL West.

What the Athletics need to do to host a playoff game

In which we consider the odds they win the first Wild Card or the American League West.

AJ Pollock’s best years were stolen by injuries

Just a few years ago, Pollock was an MVP candidate, but he’s had trouble staying on the field during his peak years.

Where does David Wright rank among the best Mets of all time?

The Mets’ longest-tenured player announced his retirement on Thursday.

Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 9/15/18

Team Entropy; the Indians are soon to be center stage; pitchers most hurt by bad defense; Tommy John updates

Richard Rodriguez’ ten game scoreless streak is a promising sign for his future

In his first full MLB season, Rodriguez has opened a lot of eyes.

Khris Davis is swimming against the current

As home runs continue to decline this season, Davis has counteracted the trend.

Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 9/14/18

Citi Field’s strange park factors; WARP positional adjustment mysteries; deflated Philly bats

Carlos Carrasco is resurgent, just in time for an Indians postseason run

Carrasco struggled for much of start of the season but has completely turned that around.

Carlos Correa is struggling more than he ever has

The slugging shortstop played a major role in the Astros run to the top last year, so how crucial is this key piece for the next October run?

Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 9/13/18

The space home run leader; the most exciting teams; Cy Young predictor update

The largest DRA-RA9 differences in baseball: underperformers

There is a mixture of surprises and pitchers you’d expect. Unlike with the overperformers, a few DRAs here are more difficult to understand.

Albert Pujols and the quest for 100 wins

Milestones mean a lot in baseball, and Pujols is so close it almost hurts.

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Odúbel Herrera has posted two very different halves

After looking like one of the best hitters in the majors, Odúbel Herrera has lost his starting job.

Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 9/12/18

xwOBA and the AL Cy Young race; the DBacks’ stellar defense; updated TTO effects; Aaron Hicks’ approach on the road

Oliver Perez is back and he’s better than ever

The veteran lefty made a drastic overhaul to his mechanics and strategy. Now he looks to help the Indians come October.

The Yankees are victims of high expectations

And it’s their fandom’s fault (myself included).

Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 9/11/18

The Athletics’ bullpen as a miracle; the questionable Josh Donaldson trade; Statcast fielder role models; Alex Anthopoulos and TINSTAAP

The largest DRA-RA9 differences in baseball: overperformers

Believe it or not, some of these pitchers have pitched even worse than indicated by their runs allowed!

The death of the shutout

For the first time, no pitcher has more than one

Marty’s musings: three weeks and several divisions to go

It’s go-time for the Dodgers, Dbacks, Rox, Cubs

Paul Goldschmidt’s way-too-early Hall of Fame case

In which I use Jeff Bagwell and Joey Votto to consider Goldschmidt’s odds.

So we’re going to be debating the MVP and WAR again, huh

The concept of value, the Triple Crown, WAR, and the MVP debate. Doesn’t get better than that.

Overreacting to Ryan O’Hearn

Amid a hideous season, the Royals might have found something special. Maybe.

Forget Josh Hader: Jeremy Jeffress in the best reliever on the Brewers

Jeffress has quietly put together a season that rivals that of the best relievers in the league.

How teams have exploited Dee Gordon

But is it really his own fault?

Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 9/8/18

Javier Báez’s base running skill; Statcast speed and projections; Ryan Pressly’s high-spin curve

Will Jacob deGrom reverse the Cy Young voting status quo?

It’s clear to almost every fan that Jacob deGrom is the NL’s best pitcher this year, but how will the chips fall when it’s time to vote for the Cy Young?

Matt Strahm pitches with a starter’s repertoire out of the bullpen

Fastball, curveball, changeup, slider, he’s got it all.

The Rockies are counting on Wade Davis

Adam Ottavino and Seunghwan Oh can’t pitch every inning of relief.

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