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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 10/24/19

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The Nats figured out Verlander; the twisted logic of acquiring Osuna; Doolittle’s turnaround

MLB: World Series-Washington Nationals at Houston Astros Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Ringer | Ben Lindbergh: Justin Verlander became the first pitcher to lose his first five World Series decisions, and the Nationals capitalized on basically every opportunity they had. They have brought in nearly half of their baserunners, while the Astros have brought in just a third. With the series going back to Washington, DC and the Nationals up by two games, this could be an uphill climb for Houston.

Baseball Prospectus | Ginny Searle ($): With the incident regarding Roberto Osuna and Brandon Taubman, it seems it let slip the unspoken truth, that this was always the Astros’ intention. They didn’t mind the cognitive dissonance of having a domestic abuser who also was cheap and valuable, and wanted to be rewarded for doing the latter without being chastised for the former. When things go through the narrow prism of “value” and winning, it eliminates even the basic human emotion of doubt, or remorse.

FanGraphs | Devan Fink: Sean Doolittle has had such a quick turnaround that it could prove vital for the Nationals to win the Series. After an IL stint he saw his FIP reach near 20 (!) and his fastball velocity dipped, and now it has all recovered to pre-injury levels, and if Game One was any indication, he should be an anchor at the back-end to the very end of the season.