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05-27-2019, 11:50 AM,
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Well well well Blake Snell Jersey , how the turntables"The Houston Astros are defending World Champions, 2018 American League West Champions, and confirmed big ‘ole stinky cheaters. According to a report from Metro USA, the Astros were caught red-handed with an employee with a video camera near the Boston Red Sox dugout in Game 1 of the ALDS. The alleged employee didn’t have a media credential and was “texting frequently” per the report from Metro. Major League Baseball themselves confirmed the incident via email with a simple statement: “We are aware of the matter and it will be handled internally.” Now that I’m done trying my damnest to summarize the Metro post and not just plagiarize it, let’s get down to what this means about the Indians. For one, Metro confirmed that security knew about the possibility of this happening because the same thing happened against the Indians in the ALDS, though it’s not confirmed who exactly tipped Major League Baseball off and/or when exactly the cheating occurred. The cheating alone is bad, but the fact that it comes from the Astros — the same team that mocked Trevor Bauer for hinting that the Astros pitchers’ sudden ramp up in RPM might not be completely legit and the same team that harbors the most holier-than-thou player in baseball in Justin Verlander — were caught employing New England Patriots-esque cheating tactics is just... *chef’s kiss*. Justin Verlander, the same guy that constantly claimed the Indians were stealing his signs when they were crushing him for a decade Rob Refsnyder Jersey , likely got a real advantage from actual, factual video recorded cheating. Beautiful. Now, do I think the Indians could have beaten the Astros without this cheating? Probably not. There’s only so much a guy with a video camera can do to help you — by my best estimate, having your entire lineup go cold for a week is not a recipe for winning, no matter how downright scummy your opponent is. But the Indians clearly knew it was happening, and they weren’t happy about it, which also brings me to my next point: We owe the Indians an apology. Not for the way they played, of course, but they were trying their hardest to hint that something didn’t smell right with the Astros following the sweep and it got spun in the entirely wrong direction. It started with The Athletic running a piece based on comments from Mike Clevinger , effectively saying that the Indians felt they were let down by their own coaching and analytics department in the series. I also turned into a post on Let’s Go Tribe under the same false pretenses.Shortly after the series on his A to Z podcast, Sports Time Ohio broadcaster Andre Knott was able to shed light on what Clevinger and others actually meant with with their post-game comments: Talking specifically about quotes from Clevinger:This was a good week before the confirmed report came out and it lines up pretty damn close with what the Indians were saying after the game, if you put it in the right context. It wasn’t that they felt they weren’t prepared enough, it’s that the Astros were over-prepared by scraping data they shouldn’t have had access to. I still stand by saying the Indians were massively outplayed that series, regardless of cheating — again, I don’t think any amount of cheating or not cheating could have saved them. I’m also beyond caring about pine tar or other substances to improve spin rates or even stealing signs over the course of a game. Those things happen, and they happen on the field. But to steal information with some dude sitting in the stands with a video camera; that goes just a little bit beyond, and it makes me question what else they’re willing to do. Nothing will happen to the Astros in these playoffs — surely MLB doesn’t want to ruin the chances of another great team rising to a dynasty. But at the very least, this report , and any more that come after it, can serve as a bit of justice for players like Bauer and Clevinger who tried to keep them honest. The Astros are a really good team, but it’s the cheating that makes them special. The Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals made waiver-wire moves Sunday in an attempt to boost their pitching rotations for the stretch run.The Brewers added Jordan Lyles via a waiver claim, per an announcement by the San Diego Padres.The Cardinals announced they were awarded Tyson Ross in a separate waiver move.Lyles began the 2017 season in the bullpen for the Colorado Rockies, but after struggling and getting released in August, he signed with the San Diego Padres and moved back into a starting role.This season has been much better for Lyles, who has a 4.29 ERA with 62 strikeouts in 71.1 innings. He's made 24 appearances, including eight starts. He posted a 7.75 ERA over 38 appearances for the Rockies and Padres in 2017.Lyles was a highly touted prospect out of high school, as the Houston Astros selected him with the 38th overall pick in the first round of the 2008 MLB draft. The South Carolina native made his major league debut for the Astros in 2011 and spent three seasons with the organization before he was traded to the Rockies prior to the 2014 campaign.Lyles' best season was in 2014 Christian Arroyo Jersey , when he went 7-4 with a 4.33 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 6.4 strikeouts per nine innings across 22 starts for Colorado. Aside from that year, Lyles has never posted an ERA under 5.00.Milwaukee failed to address its rotation prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, so Lyles can slot into the unit as the Brewers try to keep pace with the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central. He could also pitch from the bullpen, providing another bridge to Josh Hader and Corey Knebel.Ross gives the Cardinals rotation insurance with Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha on the disabled list. The right-hander has a 4.45 ERA with 112 hits allowed and 107 strikeouts in 123.1 innings.St. Louis entered play Sunday with a 57-54 record. It trailed Chicago by 7.5 games and Milwaukee by 6.5 in the NL Central and was four games behind the Atlanta Braves for the second wild-card spot.

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