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Morning Mound Visit: How many fans will be allowed at each MLB park

Fans return to games; Zack Wheeler’s sinker; Shohei Ohtani’s return to the mound

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Al Yellon | Bleed Cubbie Blue: As COVID-19 vaccinations roll out and Opening Day approaches, local governments are deciding how many fans will be allowed to attend MLB games. These numbers vary state-to-state and in some cases, city-to-city.

Matthew Trueblood | Baseball Prospectus $: In recent years, pitchers around the league have been ditching the sinker in favor of efficient, high-spin four-seam fastballs thrown at the top of the zone. Zack Wheeler seemed like the perfect candidate to jump on this bandwagon, but Wheeler has found success with the two-seamer by throwing it inside to righties, something that’s harder to do with a four-seamer. Wheeler’s approach is indication that the sinker is not yet dead.

RJ McDaniel | FanGraphs: We only got to experience Shohei Ohtani as a two-way player for a brief time before an injury took that away from us. Ohtani is back on the mound, though, and he’s been excellent on both sides of the ball before. There’s no reason he can’t do it again.