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Nats on the brink, and other MLB news & notes

The Astros are one win away from another World Series championship. My how things change in a few days.

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The Athletic | Jayson Stark ($): With the Astros one win away from another Championship, Stark looks at the historical context of a team this good. Perhaps it’s one for the ages.

Houston Chronicle | Brian Smith: A.J. Hinch has pulled all the right strings to not only get Houston back into the World Series, but retake homefield advantage, and put the onus on the Nats, who are now on the brink of elimination after taking the first two games.

The Ringer | Ben Lindbergh: The Nationals caught a bad break with the Max Scherzer injury, but the offense has been largely absent, scoring only one run in each of their three home games. Can the Nats offense regain some momentum to bring the series to a game seven?

ESPN | Jeff Passan: Last night’s game showcased one of the best starters in baseball, a firepowered offense, and some pretty mediocre home plate umpiring. Passan uses the game as a test-case to argue that MLB needs to move towards an automated strikezone sooner-rather-than-later.

Boston Globa | Alex Speier: The Red Sox announced they are hiring a new Chief Baseball Officer, former Rays SVP of Baseball Operations, Chaim Bloom. After an underwhelming follow up to one of the Red Sox’ best-ever seasons, the front office is changing, with Bloom entering the scene. Bloom is one of the architects of the Rays creative use of ‘the opener’, and helped them get to an LDS appearance this season.