→ How One Little Call Helped the Red Sox Beat the Tigers

Jeff Sullivan from Fangraphs breaks down the 1-1 strike Uehara threw to Peralta:

The specific point: Jarrod Saltalamacchia got an important strike, ahead of the game’s most important play. The more general point: individual pitches matter, sometimes quite a lot, because all pitches are connected. One pitch in part determines the next pitch, and so much of baseball comes down to the sequences. It’s important to understand the counts, and it’s important to understand the differences between them. Get there and it can start to make sense how pitch-framing research can yield such significant run values sometimes. Over a season there are a whole lot of pitches.

After all the strikes that Detroit has gotten during this series, I have little sympathy for them not getting this one borderline call.1