Monday, May 6, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, May 6, 2019 -- "Cubs and Cardinals Swap Places"

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"Willson Contreras, Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, and Javier Baez are all getting the ball up more than they did a year ago. All four of them have their highest expected slugging of the last three years, with big jumps over last season. Yes, Baez broke out last year, and Bryant was hurt in 2018, but those four are collectively on their way to being 75 runs better in 2019. (Jay Jaffe had some good stuff on Bryant over at Fangraphs.)"