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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 9/12/19

The loss of Christian Yelich; the Twins’ rotation options; Pirates silver linings

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FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe: The loss of Christian Yelich to a fractured kneecap was a crushing blow to the flailing Brewers, who have about a one-in-five chance of making the postseason. Putting aside an NL MVP that will likely go to Cody Bellinger, the Brewers themselves will have issues overcoming this deficit without their best player.

Baseball Prospectus | Matthew Trueblood ($): With Michael Pineda out of the Twins rotation through the postseason, the other options are... lackluster, to say the least. Kyle Gibson is still shut down, and lower-tier options like Lewis Thorpe or Ryne Harper don’t exactly inspire confidence in a playoff run.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): While the Pirates’ season was far from a success, there were still quite a few silver linings. Rookies Bryan Reynolds and Kevin Newman have been revelations, and both Josh Bell and Adam Frazier have been fantastic. It’s also been bolstered by an organizational hitting philosophy that stresses low line drives to make quality contact.