FanGraphs | Carson Cistulli: Steamer projections are out! Nothing much more to say other than have fun looking at whether Mookie Betts will continue his performance, and whether free agents Manny Machado and Bryce Harper are going to be as good as advertised.
The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): JD Martinez was originally billed as the poster boy for the “launch angle revolution,” but that was a little misunderstood. He actually lowered his launch angle for most of 2018, and that’s because it’s not so much launch angle as meeting the pitch at the right angle, or “taking it as it comes” as it has been colloquially understood.
Bill James Online | Bill James: The more strikeouts, the better the pitcher. But fewer strikeouts doesn’t necessarily imply the hitter is worse, evidenced by Aaron Judge, for example. That effect is that strikeouts inevitably go up, but eventually that dichotomy has to break, and it must get to a point where the strikeout rate is so high that it hurts hitting. The push-and-pull effect may be reversing course, especially shown by the Astros and Red Sox turning the corner from the launch angle strategy to fewer strikeouts.