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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 7/28/18

Best rookies by Total Runs; a possible Matt Carpenter trade; As vs. Mariners will be Manaea vs. Paxton

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Miami Marlins Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Bill James Online | Mark Simon: The Rookie of the Year races are starting to heat up, and with Shohei Ohtani returning as a hitter, it should be interesting in both leagues. Ohtani, Gleyber Torres, and Miguel Andujar lead in Total Runs in the American League, and in the National League, it’s Brian Anderson followed by Harrison Bader and Christian Villanueva.

FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: Matt Carpenter has been one of the hottest players in baseball, and his contract expires after next year. Should the Cardinals trade him? There wouldn’t be much recent precedence for ~8 wins of value, and it would mean a greater return than the David Price deal in 2014, that’s for sure.

The Ringer | Michael Baumann: The NL West race for the final wild card spot is going to be a fascinating one, and the Seattle Mariners will try to thwart the surging Athletics as they attempt to break their postseason drought. It’s essentially going to come down to their two aces—James Paxton and Sean Manaea, respectively—as to whom that last playoff spot goes to.