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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 4/9/19

Chris Davis’ putrid start... as well as Trevor Rosenthal; early DRC+ results

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FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe: The most interesting man in baseball isn’t Mike Trout. No, it’s Chris Davis, who has achieved the remarkable feat of (as of April 8th) of not having a single hit this season. His hit-less streak is tied for the fifth longest all-time, and he also has one of the largest WAR gaps between his best and worst seasons (over ten wins), separated by just five short years.

The Ringer | Michael Baumann: You could also add Trevor Rosenthal to that slow-start list, as he has not retired a batter since August 12, 2017. and he has allowed seven earned runs in his first four appearances. While more of a comeback while Davis had a free-fall, it’s a sad stretch of baseball for a once-dominant reliever.

Baseball Prospectus | Jonathan Judge: We’re talking early season DRC+ results, and Judge both breaks down how quickly it is stabilizing (for someone like Christian Yelich, it is now a believable 156 after just a week), and in another piece on the site actually breaks down the math and R code of how DRC works. I highly recommend it, as I’m sure DRC analysis will be frequent this season.