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Ringless players in the playoffs; the myth of bad competition; the Astros’ murderer’s row
FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: There are always a few players in each postseason who don’t have a ring, and this year is no exception. Players like Paul Goldschmidt, Giancarlo Stanton, Clayton Kershaw, Josh Donaldson, Zack Greinke, and Max Scherzer, have all never won a crown despite putting up hundreds of WAR between them. Maybe this a few of them get their due.
Baseball Prospectus | Rob Arthur ($): The thinking goes that the reason the Astros and Dodgers are so good is because they feasted on bad competition, but they probably pulled their punches, beating up on good teams and playing their reserves or having position players pitch against the bad ones, as their run differential versus bad teams is merely run-of-the-mill.
The Ringer | Zach Kram: The Astros’ lineup is remarkable, isn’t it? They have the highest team wRC+ since the 1927 Yankees, and they have five of the top 11 qualified hitters in baseball. Yordan Álvarez is hitting like Babe Ruth, and Alex Bregman has quickly become one of the best players in the league, period.