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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 9/14/19

Sandy Alcantara’s new sinker; Christian Yelich’s kneecap injury; home run records

MLB: Washington Nationals at Minnesota Twins Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

FanGraphs | Jake Mailhot: There are few bright spots on the 2019 Marlins, but Sandy Alcantara is thankfully one of them. After a blah first half he’s actually been incredibly good since the end of July, thanks to a new emphasis on the now-maligned splitter, which has given him enough downward movement to be successful.

The Ringer | Ben Lindbergh: With one swing of the bat, Christian Yelich broke his kneecap and shattered many of the dreams of baseball and Brewers fans who hoped to see an MVP, or a 50-30 season, or his heroics in September or the postseason. Sad, sad news.

ESPN Insider | Bradford Doolittle ($): With the juiced ball, teams are naturally breaking their home run records. The Yankees, Twins, Dodgers, and now many others have set or will set home run records for their franchises or leagues.