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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 8/15/19

José Altuve’s back on track; the positives of JD Martinez opting out; if Gleyber only played the Orioles

Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: José Altuve has been dealing with knee problems that have derailed him, but it seems he’s back on track in the second half. The biggest indicator seems to be his chase rate, which was significantly lower when his knee mobility was limited.

Baseball Prospectus | Ben Carsley ($): The Red Sox are oddly caught in between retooling and going all-in, as they have money coming off the books and quite a few positions that need long-term solutions. This could mean that JD Martinez opting out would be beneficial, allowing them to avoid the luxury tax threshold and allowing them to possibly nab a starter, infielder, reliever, and/or more.

The Ringer | Zach Kram: Gleyber Torres has 13 home runs, and a 282 wRC+, against the Orioles this season, a remarkable feat that if extrapolated over a full season, would tally 117 home runs and a 1.512 OPS.