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

The Rockies’ near-close series; the postseason velocity bump; Alex Bregman as villain

MLB: ALDS-Houston Astros at Cleveland Indians Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: The Rockies did not have a great October, but it should be noted that despite being swept, most of their high leverage offensive spots had their best performers at the plate, so while their overall offense isn’t great, they may well have done differently if those events swung in a different direction, courtesy of a Nolan Arenado or Charlie Blackmon.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): More pitchers are closer to their max velocity in the postseason than before, including (even) Andrew Miller, Sean Newcomb, Max Fried, and Kevin Gausman. Why that is can’t fully be explained, but it could be that teams are saving their pitchers’ velocity for the most important innings of the year.

The Ringer | Michael Baumann: Alex Bregman is the next Astros superstar, and he has the heel-like personality to make him perfect for a now-juggernaut playoff team. Social media taunts and dazzling performances make him the player to watch on the team to watch.