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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 5/22/19

A needed adjustment for Michael Pineda; the miserable Mets; Paul DeJong’s rise to stardom

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FanGraphs | Octavio Hernandez Pernía: Michael Pineda is finally back and healthy, but his old issues are still bothering him. The home runs just keep coming, and it’s larger because of a low-spin fastball in the heart of the zone, and a slider that gets relentlessly crushed when it’s in the strike zone.

The Ringer | Michael Baumann: The Mets just keep on Metsing. After an offseason that looked somewhat promising, they are now struggling, with their new mananger Mickey Callaway in the hot seat and Yoenis Céspedes literally falling into a ditch. It’s impossible not to look at this and say LOLMets.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): Paul DeJong is a star now, and it’s due to a radical change in plate discipline. Not only did he severely cut his strikeout rate, but he has created a selectively aggressive approach where he swings at fastball and ignores the rest so he doesn’t sacrifice power for contact.