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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 11/20/19

Hunter Wood’s fastball; the Angels’ long road to success; how Manfred responds to Astros

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FanGraphs | Michael Augustine: Hunter Wood has already made some incredible improvements as he’s marched from the Rays over to Cleveland as a reliever, and he could be even better if he straightens out his curveball release point.

Baseball Prospectus | Ginny Searle ($): The Angels, to put it mildly, had a devastating 2019, with the dark cloud of both a poor season and Tyler Skaggs’ death and the subsequent DEA investigation hanging over their heads. Yet you can’t say 2020 is entirely lost, as Arte Moreno promises to raise payroll and possibly bring in an ace-level pitcher. If the Nationals have proved anything, it’s that going for it and hitting the lottery once is all you need.

ESPN Insider | Buster Olney ($): Rob Manfred in the case of the Astros will be forced to make a tough call. Undeterred by fines and warnings, the Astros continued to steal signs all through 2017 and some think later, and it puts Manfred in a similar position as Kennesaw Mountain Landis; are lifetime bans coming down the pike?