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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 5/25/19

Gary Sanchez’s bounce-back year; the Dodgers’ stellar defense; the Yankees and Orioles

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: The Yankees have been playing well, and Gary Sanchez has been a big part of it. He has a .757 xSLG and the fourth-highest average exit velocity in baseball. Throw in the fact that he has rebounded health-wise and most of his balls in the air, his outburst should be more than enough to power the oft-injured Yankees until the rest of the gang returns.

Bill James Online | Mark Simon: The Dodgers will likely cruise to win the NL West, and their defense is one of the reasons why, as they lead baseball with 62 defensive runs saved. Cody Bellinger has surprisingly been a defensive MVP even with his offensive spat, and Alex Verdugo has saved ten runs between himself and the other three outfielders. They may not beat the Diamondbacks’ DRS record, but they could come close.

The Ringer | Danny Heifetz: One more time on the Yankees: a lot of their success has also come from playing the bottom-dwelling Orioles, too. They hit 3+ home runs in six straight games against the O’s, and Gleyber Torres himself has 12. When September rolls around and we look at the AL East standings, the difference could be because of how they played in and against Baltimore.