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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 5/4/19

Thor’s rare pitching feat; tanking’s effect on attendance; Tyler Glasnow’s adjustments

Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe: Noah Syndergaard accomplished something few (just ten) have ever done in MLB history: toss a complete game shutout and record the team’s only run via home run. With the way the former is becoming extinct, it’s unclear if we’ll ever see it again.

Baseball Prospectus | Rob Arthur ($): Attendance is once again down to start the year, so the theorizing will continue. A good theory, and one that tracks with what we see, is that more teams are tanking, and fans aren’t just going to show up when the team becomes relevant again. It’s the lack of consistency that could, say, deflate Royals gates sale just after the last rehuild ended.

The Ringer | Michael Baumann: The Rays have a true star in Tyler Glasnow, and his reemergence into relevance wasn’t due to any mechanical or pitch alterations, it was all a mental state: concentrate on preparation, and shut your brain off when pitching.