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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 8/9/19

Clayton Kershaw’s positive blip; the Twins’ approaching home run record; the Yankees’ rotation issues

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FanGraphs | Ben Clemens: Clayton Kershaw is finally dominating again, even if it will be short-lived in all likelihood. He has had issues with fastball and slider velocity, as well as their differential, so subsequently his whiff rate on sliders has dropped. That has returned to “normal,” though batters will adjust once again.

Baseball Prospectus | Aaron Gleeman: The Twins are currently on pace to break the all-time single season home run record, and that’s on the back of some key changes. They added veteran bats like CJ Cron, Marwin Gonzalez, and Nelson Cruz, put in place a new front office that was fly-ball friendly, and made the most of their existing core to put the ball in the air.

ESPN Insider | Buster Olney ($): The Yankees whiffed on any chance for starting pitching at the trade deadline, which in their minds was bearable considering the price. Yet that means that all improvements on the rotation will have to come internally, which is a tall order considering their inconsistency.