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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 9/27/18

The LOOGY Opener; Mike Clevinger’s performance; non-MVP MVP awards

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: The Brewers gave the ball to Dan Jennings, but as a starter. Not only does it show that the Opener is spreading, even to teams with playoff contention on the line, but it was an example of a LOOGY as an Opener.

Baseball Prospectus | Zach Crizer: Four Indians starters got to 200 strikeouts, and Mike Clevinger was one of them. Clevinger is an interesting case: he has seen his innings per start climb by two since 2016, and he was in the top thirty in WARP this season. Through four pitches, command, whiffs in the zone, and better sequencing, he has become one of the better starters in the AL.

The Ringer | Michael Baumann: We can’t give everyone the MVP, but what if players got their own, specific award? JD Martinez would win Most in Need of Old Voting Standards; Alex Bregman would win the Rising Star Award; Javier Báez would win the Yoenis Céspedes award.