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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/9/18

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Let’s talk about last night; Judge still looks good; David Price available out of the pen; Luke Voit feeling at home in New York; the Spin Rate Revolution is here; Angel Hernandez had quite the night

Divisional Round - Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees - Game Three Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

NJ.com | Randy Miller: Well, maybe you heard what happened last night. Randy Miller has all your highlights and lowlights. It’s mostly lowlights though.

Beyond the Boxscore | Daniel R. Epstein: Looking back, it’s pretty silly that we ever worried Aaron Judge might not be 100% for the playoffs. Since his first at-bat this postseason, Judge has been locked in and the numbers prove it. After a terrible ALDS last season, watching a dominant Judge this year has been one of the best things about the playoffs so far.

Sporting News | Gabrielle McMillen: After failing to make it out of the second inning in Game 2, David Price will be available out of the bullpen for the Red Sox the rest of the series. As a starter, Price has been not great, but he does have experience pitching out of the bullpen. Price most notably closed out Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS when he was with the Rays.

The Players’ Tribune | Luke Voit: I don’t know that I’ve done a news dump without including a Luke Voit story, and the trend continues today. Today’s story is one Voit penned himself. With each passing game, Voit looks more and more like the real deal to me, and no one can question how much fun this guy is having.

FiveThirtyEight | Travis Sawchik: The spin rate revolution will be televised. The high-spin rate fastball was qualitatively known for years as a fastball with “late life” or “ride.” Nowadays, we know that those fastballs just have high spin rates, and the best teams in baseball right now all have pitchers with great spin rates. The Astros, Yankees, Dodgers, and Indians are the top teams in the league in regards to spin rate, and it’s probably no coincidence all those teams made it to the playoffs this year. If you’re new to spin rates and can stand reading about Trevor Bauer, this article is for you.

ESPN | David Schoenfield: Lastly, I would be remiss to not mention Angel Hernandez’s game last night. The oft-criticized umpire had a terrible game, having four calls challenged and three overturned. He’ll be behind the plate for tonight’s elimination game, so that’ll be fun.