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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 8/28/19

The Cubs’ issues on the road; the crushing JRam injury; how returning injured players could impact the postseason

MLB: Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe: The Cubs have a .391 winning percentage on the road, and it’s severely hurting their playoff position. The only team to make the playoffs with a road performance that poor were the 2015 Astros, who played .407 ball on the road but snagged the second wild card. Much of this has to do with their issues in high leverage spots, which they’ll have to overcome to make at least the divisional series.

Baseball Prospectus | Brian Duricy ($): With the playoffs literally on the line, the Indians lose José Ramírez to a crushing hamate injury that will sideline him for the rest of the year, most likely. He had finally recovered to his 2016-18 levels, only to have his nearly-recovered season’s hopes dashed. What a shame.

The Ringer | Zach Kram: A ton of playoff teams are going to rely on injured players returned, in a way that could totally shift the balance of power. It depends on the Yankees and Luis Severino, Luke Voit, and Giancarlo Stanton, for example, or the Rays and Blake Snell, or the Twins and Byron Buxton, the Mets and Brandon Nimmo, and the Brewers and Brandon Woodruff.