FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe: Justin Verlander attained both his 3000th strikeout of his career and 300th of the season, capping off a season filled with them. While these numbers are largely inflated by the era, it still holds up using Plus stats to adjust for the league. Verlander’s K%+ still puts him right around Bob Gibson’s rate for those in the 3000 strikeout club.
Baseball Prospectus | Matthew Trueblood ($): Clint Hurdle is out as Pirates manager, and while the GM and ownership should shoulder much of the blame of this team’s construction, some should certainly be reserved for the manager as well. Their thinking has fallen behind other teams, like with fastball/sinker strategies, and their constant fights with other teams has bred a bad and toxic culture. While the former will stay in place, the organization hopes that a new manager could at least change the culture and communication.
The Ringer | Ben Lindbergh: The juiced ball has had weird outcomes in the regular season, and it’ll only get weirder this postseason. The biggest factor is not only the amount of home runs but the direction, whereby the number of pull-side home runs have gone done. Now seemingly “shallow” balls to the opposite side are going out, which could series to be changed on a dime.