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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

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FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: So, Jhoulys Chacin has a platoon and match-up problem. He is significantly worse against left-handed hitters, and the Dodgers have a lot of hitters that can hit right-handers. And considering they hit sliders particularly well, and Chacin’s slider percentage has climbed, it usually sets up a bad scenario. Luckily, though, he worked around it! He pitched 5 13 innings of scoreless ball, because of and not in spite of his slider. What do we know?

The Ringer | Jack McCluskey: Mookie Betts is the likely AL MVP, but he wasn’t exactly playing like it in the postseason... until Sunday. With two hits and an RBI, it could be the beginning of something special, in a special series.

The Athletic | Rustin Dodd ($): I very much recommend reading this profile into AJ Hinch’s rise from valedictorian and high school baseball star, to Stanford alum, to ballplayer, to World Series-winning and analytically-included manager.