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SaberSphere 5/1: WAR, Zone% and Future Aces

The first month of the 2013 season is in the books. There's plenty of baseball left so your favorite team who had an underwhelming start has plenty of time to get back on track. The first SaberSphere of the month is filled to the brim with excellent writing so take a look!


Every month, this day should include an obligatory Bone Thugs-n-Harmony listen. But onto baseball. Do batters penciled into the lower third of the batting order see more pitchers inside the strike zone? How many rotation anchors are waiting in the minors? Starling Marte and Bryce Harper have nearly identical WAR values. How can that be possible? You can find all the answers to the above here in May's first SaberSphere.

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