FanGraphs | Carson Cistulli: We all know about the Heart and Hustle award, but what if you awarded someone for the biggest, literal heart, and the most hustle? This would go to Aaron Judge, who had the best heart size/hustle ratio other than Brandon Belt and Jason Heyward.
Baseball Prospectus | Russell A. Carleton: Even though Wade Miley was “cruising” in Game Two, Craig Counsell removed him before the third-time-through effect set in. But if he’s cruising, is that effect lessened? To an extent, but not so much that that would still be better than the reliever put in his place, so it was a warranted change.
The Ringer | Ben Lindbergh: It’s been 15 years since the famous 2003 ALCS Game Seven, and a whole lot has changed since then, so much so it looks like a different sport entirely. The main narrative of that game was that Grady Little had left in Pedro Martinez too long, a start that lasted 110 pitches, something that doesn’t exist today. But the win probability probably doesn’t move as much as we think, largely because he was still the best pitcher of the era, and his velocity was still sitting near its peak. Nonetheless, the mode of thinking around starters wasn’t long for this world, and the Red Sox recognized that more than one individual mistake.