Before we begin, let’s take a moment to appreciate the fact that the Boston Red Sox advanced to the American League Championship Series last night.
OK. That was a fun moment. Now its on to Houston (as well as today’s links).
Rick Porcello came up big in his game four start. Now a veteran pitcher, Porcello has plenty to share about how to pitch at the highest level. (David Laurila; FanGraphs)
Speaking of dominant starters from this ALDS, Nathan Eovaldi quieted the Yankees in game three. It’s a difficult thing to do, but the right-hander has figured out how to do it. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)
Welcome to the Brock Holt appreciation hour. (Jeff Sullivan; FanGraphs)
In a perfect example of a player making his teammates better, Mookie Betts lent Holt a bat and the results have been excellent since. (Jen McCaffrey; The Athletic) ($$)
Bill James lives, eats, breaths and sleeps baseball. (Rustin Dodd; The Athletic) ($$)
Al Horford of the Boston Celtics isn’t too busy getting ready for the NBA regular season to follow the Sox. (Patrick McAvoy; NESN)
Let’s go inside the offensive eruption from the Sox in game three. (Chad Jennings; The Athletic) ($$)