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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 10/11/18

Assigning blame to Aaron Boone; breaking down the attendance drop; an LCS defensive preview; how the Brewers should align their pitching

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MLB: ALDS-Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

FanGraphs | Jeff Sullivan: We know here that the impact of managers is minimal at best, and we’re not necessarily privy to the hidden value from behind the scenes work, but the fact is that Aaron Boone screwed up big time and did not put the Yankees in the best position to win. Gary Sanchez could have won the game on the near-grand slam, but Boone watched win probability slip away on back-to-back nights.

Baseball Prospectus | Rob Mains: Attendance was down across the league so... why? A lot of it, yes, can be attributed to the poor weather in April and May, but long-term problems could arise from the fact that attendance is still slightly sagging overall. The league can make a similar amount of money on a smaller number of fans, but the character of the sport could change.

The Athletic | Mark Simon ($): Here are some things, defensively, to keep an eye out for in the LCS: the Red Sox having Mookie Betts and a very good infield; the Astros’ use of defensive shifts; the Brewers’ utilization of Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich; and, the Dodgers’ pitch framing. | Mike Petriello: The Dodgers employ a number of platoon options, like Max Muncy, Matt Kemp, and Yasiel Puig, so it makes sense to align your pitching accordingly, so recommends starting Jhoulys Chacin in game one, followed by a bullpen game, Gio Gonzalez, then tandem starters.