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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

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FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe: Cody Bellinger hasn’t been that clutch, well... until Game Four. He made a spectacular play in right field, got a hit off of Josh Hader, and delivered the final blow in the walk-off.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): Clayton Kershaw’s stuff is diminishing, which is sad, but the silver lining is that his breaking pitches are still going to be effective, and while they won’t get the whiffs they won’t did, will generate enough grounders and weak contact for him to be successful down the line.

The Ringer | Zach Kram: Wade Miley and Jhoulys Chacín were never considered prime commodities in baseball, yet they find themselves two very important figures in a pennant race.

Bill James Online | Bill James: Here’s a weird fact on rookies: of the top 25 rookies in playing time, 12 are from 1961 to 1966, like Joe Morgan, Pete Rose, and Tony Oliva. Since then, attitudes on rookie playing time (especially with free agency) has changed that dynamic altogether.