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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 6/1/18

The Diamondbacks’ dry spell; the best changes in baseball; Mr. Team; how the Dodgers rotation stays above water without Kershaw

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FanGraphs | Jeff Sullivan: The Diamondbacks have squandered their early-season AL West lead, mostly on the back of an absolutely horrendous May. Hitting an abysmal sOPS+ of 60, and with the second-highest strikeout rate in the league, their playoff odds have been increasingly shrinking.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): Sarris continues his “best pitch” series, and now with the change. Those with the best pitch include Noah Syndergaard, Zack Greinke, Aaron Nola, and Cole Hamels, rather unsurprisingly.

Banished to the Pen | Alex Crisafulli: This is a fun piece. Crisafulli finds players with slash lines that most match the franchise they played for, dubbing them “Mr. [Team]”. It’s interesting, and even funnier that the Giants’ is Travis Ishikawa. | Mike Petriello: The Dodgers have been without Clayton Kershaw at times, and that could continue with his back tightness. Yet, the rotation has kept their head above water; why? It’s because they’re missing plenty of bats and generating soft contact, among other reasons.