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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 3/12/19

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Dallas Keuchel still without a job; the NL is more exciting now; Joey Votto on hitting

League Championship Series - Boston Red Sox v Houston Astros - Game Three Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe: Two free agents in Adam Jones and Martin Maldonado found new homes, but curiously, Dallas Keuchel remains without a job. Because he doesn’t miss many bats, that’s a tough sell to teams, and with deals for pitchers getting even shorter, that can explain why he doesn’t have a job. Yet ZiPS finds he’ll be about worth his estimated four years and $80 million, and there are teams like the Yankees, Brewers, or Astros who could very much use his services.

The Ringer | Ben Lindbergh: The National League is now the more exciting league. While 2018 didn’t feature a single upset in the AL, there were multiple tiebreakers in the NL. The AL also had the highest standard deviation of wins since 2005, which just shows how lopsided the parity is. Now with the Phillies adding Bryce Harper, and the NL Central closing in skill level as the Reds bulk up, it should be just as exciting in 2019.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): This is so, so good. There is literally nothing better than hearing Joey Votto talk launch angle, his exit velocity, his mechanics, and perusing Tom Tango’s site for tips on hitting. Votto is an absolute pro, and definitely emblematic of the first sabermetrician (future) Hall of Fame hitter since, lets say, Ted Williams.