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Morning Mound Visit: SABR News - 5/14/18

Patrick Corbin’s velocity drop; pace of play frustrations; Jordan Hicks’ lack of whiffs; Nick Markakis’ march to 3000.

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Hello, all. With my new tenure at BtBS, we have a new regular feature, the first among many. Part of my vision for the site is that it will be a meeting point for SABR folks across the web to discuss the news in sabermetrics itself. There are plenty of places to discuss a single article—in the comments itself, for example—but here it will be a space where we can collectively discuss the latest SABR news of the day. I hope you enjoy, and I hope it becomes a daily destination in the future.

FanGraphs | Jeff Sullivan: Patrick Corbin, who has reinvented himself this season, has some underlying concerns, now—he has lost the zip on his fastball. It could be nothing, or it could be an injury, but the rolling D’Backs should give pause that their best pitcher has lost three miles per hour off his fastball.

FanGraphs | Travis Sawchik: While the reforms for pace-of-play have slightly abated the increase in pace, it has only brought it down to near-2013 levels, and not near what the league actually desires.

Baseball Prospectus | Matthew Trueblood (sub’s): Jordan Hicks is the flamethrower du jour, and he’s doing it with an incredibly low whiff rate. He may have a blazing sinker that will give him more strikeouts, but he is one pitcher DRA misses the mark on.

The Ringer | Michael Baumann: Three possible ways to end the no-hitter phenomenon—moving the mound back, making the field a rhombus, or doing literally nothing—are proposed herein.

Bill James Online | Daniel Marks: The Nick Markakis-for-3000 hits gets some more analysis, and how he breaks the traditional mold of what that player looks like.