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Dodgers links: Hyun-jin Ryu’s WAR, the length of the 2020 season, plate discipline

A recalculation of defense shaves a bit of Ryu’s 2019 WAR

Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, but since there are no games that means there are no green Dodgers caps or jerseys, which I’m not exactly torn up about.

In the meantime, enjoy these articles and posts, some of which are at least tangentially Dodgers related!


Hyun-jin Ryu (old friend alert!) lost about 0.3 Wins Above Replacement from his NL Cy Young runner-up season, thanks to a slight change in how Baseball-Reference calculates defensive runs saved.

Follow along with Dustin Nosler’s top Dodgers prospects at Dodgers Digest. Josiah Gray checks in at No. 3 in the system.

Among Ken Gurnick’s takeaways from Dodgers camp for were the bullpen as a strength, and Corey Seager as most improved.

Craig Edwards at FanGraphs detailed the history of truncated seasons in MLB history, and took an educated guess at just how many games we will see in the 2020 regular season.

Patrick Dubuque wrote about missing baseball for Baseball Prospectus:

It is good that there is no baseball. There ought not to be baseball. All the culture, all the excitement, all the money it generates can’t compare to the loss of loved ones, the perforation of communities. But it’s painful each time we lose it, whatever the reason. Every strike and lockout, every war, every suspension feels like a blemish on the game’s record, an untidiness, like the skip of a scratched record. It feels asymmetrical when a season falls short of that perfect 162. Baseball is our metronome; it serves as our post-agricultural spring festival. Not because it’s inherently virtuous, but because we make it that way.

Ben Clemens at FanGraphs tried to boil down plate discipline into a single number. Mookie Betts rated among the 10 best in baseball at it.