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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 10/19/19

Yordan Álvarez’s slow postseason; the dejuiced ball and relievers; the Yankees’ chances

MLB: ALCS-Houston Astros at New York Yankees Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

FanGraphs | Jake Mailhot: Yordan Alvarez has been virtually silent in the ALCS, and that’s because of Yankees pitchers’ approach: giving him more fastballs up in the zone, and lefties attacking him low-and-away.

Baseball Prospectus | Matthew Trueblood ($): One of the reasons the Nationals are in the World Series is because of their relievers like Sean Doolittle, who have limited the home run damage from other teams. In 2019 the juiced ball has reduced this usual reliever advantage to keep the ball in the ballpark, but the dejuiced ball has swung the advantage back to relievers.

The Ringer | Ben Lindbergh: The Yankees had an absolutely ugly game in Game Four, but the Yankees rebounded in Game Five, notching a victory and sending the series by Houston. The odds are still bad, and the early mistakes loom large, but two games are still just two games.