At least one Astros player seems to be enthusiastic about the team's malicious reputation.
Many baseball players have problems with the dubious logic with which Astros players have recognized their scandal of theft of signs: yes, we did it and no, it didn't help us win the World Series. Josh Reddick apparently heard enough.
"At some point you have to go ahead and not give an s-t," said the Washington Post outfielder. "We'll go out there and win and silence everyone."
Despite Ass Gerrit Cole's loss to the Yankees, the Astros are still favorites in the World Series. According to Commissioner Rob Manfred and the Astros players, the team's fraud ended in the 2018 season and Houston did not use a system to defraud the game on its way to the World Series last season.
Dodgers & # 39; Cody Bellinger, a 2017 team newcomer who lost to the Astros in the World Series, is one of the Astro's noisiest critics. Carlos Correa told The Athletic that Bellinger should "shut up" and the starter pitcher Lance McCullers seemed to have a similar message for the Dodgers.
"[The teams talking trash are] I have to play against us, ”McCullers told the Washington Post. "Except for the guys who show up the most … These guys don't have to face us, which is why they may feel they can speak like that.
"But we go on. People may not want to hear that, but we stood here as men and addressed [the scandal], … we're just looking forward to playing baseball again. "
Though the squad of the team that fell to the Nationals in seven games remains largely the same, the biggest question could be how Astros players can deal with the increased control that comes with every 2v20 slump or every three Games game involves losing streak.
"People will look back and say," They don't use anything, so they obviously suck without it. "But that's not the case. We have too many good players here," said Reddick.