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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 2/7/19

The Mets’ approach on the inner half; PECOTA projects free agents; teams that need a hole filled

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FanGraphs | Jeff Sullivan: Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland had a new strategy in 2018, and it may have worked: pitch more on the inside half. Mets pitchers threw 51.3% of their fastballs over the inner half, the most in baseball and the biggest year-over-year change in baseball as well. They went from 25th in WAR to 8th, and they will likely employ the same strategy this year.

Baseball Prospectus | Aaron Gleeman: PECOTA projections are out, and we’re looking at how current free agents will do in 2019. There are currently seven above-average hitters on the market by DRC+, with Manny Machado and Bryce Harper being the best, obviously. On the pitching side the best one is likely Craig Kimbrel, with Gio Gonzalez and Dallas Keuchel receiving disappointing DRA PECOTA projections of ~4.50.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): It’s February, and good teams still have quite a few holes. The Indians still desperately need a corner outfielder; the Rays really need a bat; and, the Twins could always use another starter.