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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 10/26/18

Ryan Madson’s meltdowns; Boston’s two-out hitting; launch angles; Tomoyuki Sugano’s possible posting

MLB: NLCS-Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe: It was perfectly reasonable for the Dodgers to acquire Ryan Madson, but it hasn’t worked out this World Series, as he has allowed all of his inherited runners against the Red Sox.

The Ringer | Michael Baumann: The key to the Red Sox’ success has been two-out hitting, and they have the highest sOPS+ of any team with two outs, and the most runs scored of any team with two outs. Combine that with the triple threat of Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, and JD Martinez, and you have a team on the cusp of a championship.

Tangotiger Blog | Tom Tango: Launch angle isn’t something hitters do, but the effect of their approach, which is an important distinction. Because speed+angle results in extra base hits and home runs, and a lot of hitters can hit 100+ mph, then you know how they should approach the ball.

Banished to the Pen | Bill Thompson: This year it’s been about Shohei Ohtani, but in the future, there could be more talk about NPB’s star pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano. Sugano is best known in the States for his 2017 WBC performance, and he posted a whopping 7.6 WAR in 2018 in Japan. He won’t post until at least 2021, though.