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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 10/26/19

A possible fourth starter for Houston; Patrick Corbin’s brilliance; Kyle Tucker’s youthfulness

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MLB: World Series-Houston Astros at Washington Nationals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

FanGraphs | Jake Mailhot: The Astros lost two of three with their best starters, which is a problem considering they don’t really have a fourth starter. The de facto starter will likely be someone like José Urquidy, and he served as the bulk innings guy after Brad Peacock was the Opener in Game Six of the ALCS. With a plus fastball and a diving change, he could be very effective in helping piece together a possible Game Four win.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): Game Four starter Patrick Corbin makes his money on his slider, which is unique for being somewhere in between a slider and curve, so basically above-average in movement but below-average in velocity. While traditionally not considered the best kind of slider—pitchers like Noah Syndergaard, for example, use the hard, breaking variety—he succeeds by placing it in the same slot as his fastball.

Baseball Prospectus | Matthew Trueblood ($): People say “Gleyber Torres is 22” but... so is Kyle Tucker. His lightly used 2019 draws similarities to the likes of, say, Xander Bogaerts, who barely played in 2013 but played a role in their World Series win. The same could be said for Tucker, who didn’t have time to establish himself this year but very well could end the year with an exclamation point.