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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 7/2/19

DJ LeMahieu’s step up; Dan Straily’s limits; RIP Tyler Skaggs

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FanGraphs | Tony Wolfe: DJ LeMahieu was signed for just two years and $24 million yet is leading the first place Yankees in fWAR, an astonishing feat for a player who has only had such a stretch in 2016, and now has exploded yet again. He was able to do this through his usual contact-oriented ways, but also by being a more balanced hitter against any kind of pitch.

Baseball Prospectus | Ginny Searle ($): Nobody embodies the Orioles’ collapse in 2019 more than Dan Straily, who has a DRA- of 261.2. Nothing has really changed for him since leaving the Marlins, but nothing is fooling hitters, just like most of Orioles starters.

The Athletic | Fabian Ardaya ($): Rest in peace, Tyler Skaggs. I encourage you to read this obituary that paid tribute to the talented pitcher that touched countless lives in the city of Santa Monica.