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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 5/14/19

Hyun-Jin Ryu’s stellar year; Kirby Yates’ splitter; the surging Twins

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FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe: Hyun-Jin Ryu has the second-lowest ERA in the National League, and he is now throwing deeper into games and with more pitches than he ever has since coming stateside, and the Dodgers can thank his health, as well as a dynamic change and cutter, for the recent blossoming.

Baseball Prospectus | Matthew Trueblood ($): As I have also written about, Kirby Yates is making AJ Preller and the Padres look like geniuses for discovering him and his splitter, riding his performance to the lowest cFIP of any pitcher in baseball.

The Ringer | Zach Kram: Are the Twins, the team with the best record to start the season, for real? They seem to be. Now with an improved team strikeout rate and a new emphasis on framing, their only road blocks could be their pitching depth, which they should shore up over the course of the season, and Cleveland, who are a total wildcard to possibly improve and steal the division, or fade and hand it to the underdog Twinkies.