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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 9/2/19

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ESPN | Bradford Doolittle: Examines Justin Verlander’s no hitter from Sunday in the context of Verlander’s career, and the in the context of the traditional ‘ace’ falling out of vogue in today’s game.

The Ringer | Michael Baumann: Practically everyone agrees that the baseball has been changed to a degree that it is seriously affecting home runs. Baumann looks at the impact of how it’s changed the game in 2019, compares the numbers to the steroid era, and takes a look at how every MLB player has been affected.

FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe: A look at 2019’s most improved pitchers, a list led by White Sox starter Lucas Giolito. Giolito continually struggled as he ascended into the majors, but 2019 has been a major step forward. Welcome news for a rebuilding Sox team.

Los Angeles Times | Maris Torres: The coroner’s report came back from Tyler Skaggs’ autopsy with disturbing news. Not only were there multiple opiods found in his system, but there’s the troubling implication that an Angels employee was involved in procuring some of the substances.