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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 10/25/19

The Astros’ first intentional walk; the complicated dejuiced ball; Juan Soto’s budding stardom

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FanGraphs | Ben Clemens: The Astros famously did not issue an intentional walk all year, and then in the World Series, use their first against Juan Soto to bring up Howie Kendrick in a high leverage spot. The numbers may be iffy on it but I can’t say I blame AJ Hinch there.

Baseball Prospectus | Rob Arthur ($): With a cluster of home runs in the first two games of the World Series, people seem to think the ball has been rejuiced again. It’s not as simple as that; instead, we’re observing incredible fluctuations in drag from game-to-game, more than any single day-to-day jump over the last five years. Unlike what Rob Manfred says, this isn’t the weather or the pitching, it is indeed something in the pill centering of the actual ball that is causing this.

The Ringer | Michael Baumann: The new star to emerge from this World Series is none other than Juan Soto, the 20-year-old phenom hitting home runs off of Gerrit Cole in the biggest stage in baseball. When your comps are basically... Ted Williams and Mel Ott when it comes to who has been as good as you at your age, it’s possible we may be seeing the rise of a truly historic career.