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TBLA Tuesday morning links: May 14, 2019

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MLB: Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers news...

Hyun-Jin Ryu was named the National League Player of the Week for tossing 17 scoreless innings while striking out 15 batters.

Forbes’ Howard Cole compares Cody Bellinger to Ted Williams.

Importantly, Bellinger leads baseball in runs, hits, RBIs, batting average, on base percentage, slugging, OPS, OPS+, total bases, and is one off the pace in homers. He’s the best player in the game at present. Or more accurately. as Williams did in 1941, Bellinger is having the best season in 2019.

Los Angeles Times’ Jorge Castillo writes about Joe Kelly’s struggles so far this season.

“‘He really hasn’t been able to find that release point, that consistent release point,’ Dodgers bullpen coach Mark Prior said. ‘Some nights he has it and we see the action. We see the good shape on the breaking ball, we see good depth on the changeup and we see the fastball with some arm-side run. Other times we see he yanks pitches. It’s been kind of a tough go, getting him right.’” —Jorge Castillo, Los Angeles Times

Around the league...

MLB.com released their week seven power rankings. Surprise, surprise, the Dodgers No. 1.

Angels’ Shoehi Ohtani hit his first home run of the season on Monday after making his return from the injured list.

FiveThirtyEight takes a look at which MLB team would benefit from having Dallas Keuchel in their starting rotation.

Although the teams Keuchel would help most are generally bad teams, the ideal mix would be a team with a good Elo rating but a thin rotation in need of a solid starter. Looking at the current state of things, the best fits are the St. Louis Cardinals (where Keuchel’s rating is a vast improvement over that of current No. 5-ranked starter Dakota Hudson), the Cleveland Indians (Jefry Rodriguez), the Boston Red Sox (Hector Velazquez) and perhaps the Oakland A’s (Aaron Brooks). —Neil Paine and Jay Boice, FiveThirtyEight

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