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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 9/13/18

The space home run leader; the most exciting teams; Cy Young predictor update

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FanGraphs | Carson Cistulli: Imagine you played baseball in space, where a 1.075 launch angle or higher would virtually guarantee a home run. Who would lead the league in home runs? That would be Whit Merrifield, followed by Jose Peraza, Francisco Lindor, and Alex Bregman.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): How do we determine who has been the most exciting team this year? If we made a metric using high leverage moments, one-run games, and clutch factor, then the Giants, Mariners, and Brewers had the tightest affairs. But that doesn’t mean a “good” team, so if we also weight top-100 players, and dominant pitching/hitting performances, we get the Astros, Red Sox, and Indians, which makes sense.

Tangotiger Blog | Tom Tango: Merging projections and BBWAA mores on Cy Young voting, we can project the race. According to this model Max Scherzer only slightly leads Jacob deGrom in the NL, and Justin Verlander narrowly leads a crowded field.