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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 5/11/19

The rise of Buxton; the contact-oriented Angels; the convergence of relievers and starters

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Detroit Tigers Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: Byron Buxton might finally be having the season Twins fans have been hoping for; with just a league-average wRC+ he could legitimately be a star considering his speed and defense. Even with all that has happened, he could still live up to the former top prospect hype.

Baseball Prospectus | Jeff Wiser ($): The Angels aren’t striking out, when most teams are at a staggering rate. That almost means they have the most balls in play per plate appearance this season. Shohei Ohtani and the returning Justin Upton will likely bump this up, it’s still fascinating to see a team zig when everyone is zagging.

Tangotiger Blog | Tom Tango: Tango sees a few causes to the convergence of reliever talent and starter talent: pitchers knowing they are supposed to pitch like a reliever in shorter stints, and then doing just that. The other is the third-times-through notion, which has informed this intentional shift in strategy.