With Major League Baseball laying down the hammer on Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Lunhow, we now have confirmation that the Houston Astros did indeed cheat. We can also rest assured that they probably did indeed cheat in the two home games they won against the Indians in the 2018 ALDS.
In all honesty, it’s hard to know if the Astros really needed to beat on a trash can to score 21 runs against the sleepwalking 2018 Indians. Most of their damage against Corey Kluber in game one came off fastballs, and their 11-run romp in game three was in Cleveland. So unless they’re in cahoots with John Adams, I don’t suspect any banging helped them there.
Still, there’s a chance banging on drums is only the tip of the cheating iceberg as Trevor Bauer has alluded to more than once, and as Indians players said following the fated ALDS. We’ll never get that series (or season) back, but at least we can revel in the fact that the Astros organization is rotten to the core, and Trevor Bauer and the Indians knew it all along.
Best of all, any minute now we can expect Justin Verlander to come out against this abhorrent act of cheating the great game of baseball. Being the stand-up guy that he is, Verlander hates cheaters and will surely condemn this act like he has anyone even suspected of being in the same building as a steroid needle.
This post will be updated with Justin’s statement when it becomes available.