Now with the Houston Astros having been accused of stealing signs during the 2017 season by former members of the organization, including pitcher Mike Fiers, the team’s home and road postseason batting splits in their run to a World Series victory are even more startling.
During the 2017 Major League Baseball postseason, the Astros played 18 games – 9 on the road and 9 at home in Minute Maid Park, the place where Houston has been accused by over a half-dozen people, including opposing pitchers Danny Farquhar, Trevor Bauer and Carson Smith, of cheating while they were batting.
In the Astros’ 9 road games, the team batted .208 with a .284 on-base percentage, a .347 slugging percentage, and scored an average of 3 runs per game, winning 3 and losing 6.
In the Astros’ 9 home games, they batted .273 with a .343 on-base percentage, a .519 slugging percentage, and score an average of 5.7 runs per game, winning 8 and losing just 1 game.
The splits are equally as striking when taking a look at some individual Astros’ players’ home and road splits in the 2017 postseason.
Alex Bregman: Road – .154 BA, .508 OPS; Home – .273 BA, .857 OPS.
Carlos Correa: Road – .211 BA, .626 OPS; Home – .371 BA, 1.164 OPS.
Jose Altuve: Road – .143 BA, .497 OPS; Home – .472 BA, 1.541 OPS.
Brian McCann: Road – .037 BA, .198 OPS; Home – .300 BA, .849 OPS.
Evan Gattis: Road – .200 BA, .533 OPS; Home – .300 BA, 1.014 OPS.
Interestingly, one of the players who claims to have known nothing about any sign-stealing is Carlos Beltran.
Here were his splits: Road – .154 BA, .522 OPS; Home – .143 BA, .286 OPS.
He actually hit worse at home, do perhaps it was only a select group of Astros players who decided to participate in the alleged cheating.
While these stats don’t prove anything, they certainly don’t help the Astros’ claims of innocence.
Neither does this new video analysis posted to Twitter on Wednesday showing another example of what appears to be the Astros making a banging sound in the dugout when an offspeed pitch is about to be thrown. This time in 2019.
Nor does this video… (Watch catcher Travis d’Arnaud desperately try to hide the sign… with no one on base.)
Or this one…