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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 9/5/18

The Mets’ frugality; best defenders by DRS; options on a 9th inning ground ball

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FanGraphs | Sheryl Ring: David Wright is rehabbing in the minors, but the Mets won’t call him up. This may seem like insurance fraud, because if he’s medically cleared, then why sit him for the insurance money? While they have decent cover because of how delicate Wright has been, it does show that they certainly value that in-pocket cash, both because they did not reinvest the insurance money, and their frugality has been evidenced through their reluctance to call up Peter Alonso.

Bill James Online | John Dewan: By DRS, the top defensive player in August has been... Adam Engel! This shouldn’t be a surprise considering he robbed three home runs in a week’s time, and he has been boosted by his improved throwing arm and choice to play deeper in the outfield.

Tangotiger Blog | Tom Tango: If you imagine the scenario of bases loaded, tie game, bottom of the ninth, and one out, where should you throw the ball on a ground ball? Should you throw home, or go for two? He deduces that “if you have about a 25% more chance of getting the runner on 3rd as you have at turning 2, it’s breakeven [sic] what you do.”