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World Series Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers

They face a tough opponent, but the Dodgers are plenty capable of pulling out a victory.

Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 10/23/18

The Red Sox and Dodgers’ shared history; PECOTA vs. Vegas; Boston’s one weakness

Were Bellinger and Bradley the correct Championship Series MVP choices?

Yes and no.

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The Brewers will be back

But they have serious issues that need addressing this offseason.

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Mookie Betts should start at second base in LA

Mookie Betts should start taking some grounders, because he ought to play second base in the World Series.

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The Brewers mismanaged Josh Hader en route to a Game Seven loss

I still believe that they should have started him.

The Dodgers have gotten the good Kenley Jansen

Kenley Jansen had stretches of ineffectiveness in 2018, but he’s been back to his old ways in October.

Do the numbers prove that the Dodgers stole signs?

Unsurprisingly, it’s a little murky.

Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 10/20/18

Fun with playoff win probability; baseball Gini coefficients; WAR for hitting pitchers; Cody Bellinger’s hitch

Why we overvalue blocking in the postseason

Mostly because defense is invisible.

Nathan Eovaldi has been on another level

His velocity has been at a highpoint in October.

Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 10/19/18

The fan interference call; the fastest teams ever; revisiting the Justin Verlander trade; the history of sign-stealing

Jackie Bradley’s timely hitting has been a nice surprise for Boston

In an outfield of stars, Jackie Bradley Jr.’s timely hitting has been an integral part of the Red Sox series lead over the Astros.

The Brewers just did one of the more unconventional things baseball has ever seen

They lost, but it wasn’t really related to the stunt they pulled early in the game.

Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 10/18/18

Cody Bellinger’s recent clutchness; a Clayton Kershaw silver lining; Milwaukee’s unlikely heroes; a note on rookies

Teams are stealing wins this October

Well, maybe they are. It’s hard to tell.

Why is Eduardo Núñez getting so much playing time?

He was one of the worst players in baseball this year, yet has started five of seven playoff games so far.

Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 10/17/18

Aaron Judge’s literal heart and hustle; the right decision to pull Wade Miley; revisiting 2003 ALCS Game 7

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Kenta Maeda is a different pitcher out of the bullpen

It’s not just the added velocity. His pitch selection changes, too.

Christian Yelich shouldn’t have hit this many home runs

Yelich nearly led the league in homers despite an impossibly low launch angle

Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 10/16/18

Jhoulys Chacin’s match-up and platoon problem, avoided; Mookie Betts coming around in the postseason; AJ Hinch’s ascendance

Craig Kimbrel might be a problem

When your relief ace can’t throw strikes, that’s bad.

Are you kidding me, Ump!?!

Who’s at fault when a call gets blown (apart from the obvious)?

Hyun-Jin Ryu’s making his case for a decent free agent contract

Despite his recent injury history, Hyun-Jin Ryu has been an important cog in the Dodgers’ postseason machine.

Kiké Hernández has taken a step forward

Hernández has proven that he needs to be playing everyday.

Erik Kratz has been a big boost to the Brewers pitching staff

Pitch framing is important and he has been a good representation of that.

Wade Miley went from the minors to the NLCS

The Orioles didn’t even want to re-sign him.

Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 10/13/18

Ryan Pressly’s best pitch in baseball; catchers helping with pitcher rhythm; an ALCS preview; the Brewers’ stellar bullpen

Two of the best players in the championship series represent last year’s slow-moving offseason

Lorenzo Cain, J.D. Martinez, and many other free agents waited too long to ink their deals.

Red Sox vs. Astros ALCS preview

The two best teams in baseball meet, as we actually expected

Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 10/12/18

The decline of the starter; using barrels instead of speed+angle; why OPS works, mathematically

Time to shine: a look at some lesser-hyped NLCS players

Despite the Dodgers being playoff regulars, both LA and Milwaukee have some young, fun players to watch going into this year’s National League Championship Series.

The Astros are the best team left

They dominated the ALDS, giving us a reminder as to just how good they can be.

Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 10/11/18

Assigning blame to Aaron Boone; breaking down the attendance drop; an LCS defensive preview; how the Brewers should align their pitching

October baseball is nothing more than the box score

Defying the way the game is prepared for, the playoffs are a madhouse

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