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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 8/6/19

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Tyler White’s fastball problem; risk-averse teams at the deadline; how thought process changes pitches

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FanGraphs | Devan Fink: Tyler White was a good acquisition by the Dodgers in that he holds potential, but now he is having serious issues with the four-seamer. Now he’s enticed by the pitch up in the zone, and his whiff rate has skyrocketed.

Baseball Prospectus | Craig Goldstein ($): In this day and age teams are more obsessed with, in Ross Atkins’ own words, converting fewer years of control into more, than actually winning games. Now GMs have discussed moving the trade deadline to August 15th so they can decide if they want to buy or sell, and to that we say that teams are way, way too risk-averse.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): There’s likely a clear link between how you think about a pitch and your thought process, and how that pitch actually comes out. John Means visualized a better changeup, and Cal Quantrill visualized a better slider, to devastating effect.