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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 3/12/20

MLB weighing a coronavirus decision; contact mattering more than ever; stress testing the Yankees with more injuries

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The Athletic | Ken Rosenthal ($): Questions remain about how MLB is going to deal with the coronavirus, which is now labelled a pandemic by the WHO and has caused the NCAA to ban fans from March Madness, the Ivy League to cancel all sports, and for NBA to suspend their season. It is very likely that the season will be suspended or altered in some form very soon; it’s just a matter of logistics and fighting over pay, a common concern across industries right now.

Baseball Prospectus | Matthew Trueblood ($): A few years ago, strikeout rate overall did not have a strong correlation with DRC+, meaning you could essentially sacrifice contact in some manner. With home runs up that isn’t the case, so it’s forcing players to have to worry about contact more than ever.

FanGraphs | Dan Szymborski: The Yankees are dealing with some injuries, and that could affect their season significantly, at least in the projections right now. If we were to “stress test” their projections with more injuries, what would it look like? A worst-case scenario of losing Gleyber Torres, Gerrit Cole, Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton would probably drop them to 86 wins, meaning they can probably withstand just the latter two missing some time without losing hold of the division.