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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 7/18/19

Adam Wainwright’s revival; the Dodgers at a crossroad; the very tight NL Central

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at St. Louis Cardinals Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports

FanGraphs | Jake Mailhot: Adam Wainwright just as easily could have retired when he hit his struggles, but instead he has reinvented himself, a miracle for a Cardinals team in a heated NL Central race. He has leaned on his cutter and curve heavily, and it has yeilded results a la Rich Hill back in 2015.

Baseball Prospectus | Matthew Trueblood ($): A team has never lost three straight World Series in the live ball era, and the Dodgers are hoping not to be on that route. With a stellar team with the clock ticking on some of the core, they should look to be aggressive at the trade deadline with an eye on the crown.

The Ringer | Zach Kram: With an incredibly small spread, the NL Central could be one of the closest races in baseball history, with only four teams currently with a smaller spread. It also comes in a year with one of the widest divisions in the AL East, which has had a record-setting spread over the last two seasons.