- The Houston Astros are once again being accused of cheating while batting, making it the second time accusations have been tossed their way during the 2021 MLB playoffs.
- Similar to what the Yankees accused the Astros of doing in 2019, fans have noticed that there has been whistling on certain pitches that the Astros hit well.
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After cheating their way to a World Series win in 2017 and making another World Series in 2018, it’s going to be awhile before people stop looking for signs that the Houston Astros haven’t changed their ways.
After all, the punishments handed down by Major League Baseball’s spineless commissioner Rob Manfred for illegally stealing signs for at least two seasons was nothing more than a slap on the wrist. So why would they stop if it means winning another World Series and benefiting from all that comes with it?
Not that the Astros are still cheating. They might be. They might not. Regardless of what they are doing or not doing, they are under a microscope wielded by both fans as well as MLB players.
The latest accusations about the Astros possibly cheating while hitting gained some steam after Houston mollywhopped the Boston Red Sox the past two nights, 9 to 2 and 9 to 1, after being soundly defeated by Boston in the two previous games.
And once again, as it was during the 2019 American League Championship Series, the Houston Astros are being accused of using whistles to communicate what pitches are coming to their hitters.
MLB was on the Astros about this two years ago.https://t.co/Sx8gBwZpIv
— Toucher and Rich (@Toucherandrich) October 21, 2021
Listen for the whistles just prior to two of the Astros’ home runs on Wednesday night.
Why is there a whistle coming from the dugout at the 2 second mark? 🧐 pic.twitter.com/dgCXcjsAnz
— Menace2Picks (@Menace2Picks) October 20, 2021
So the Astros cheated in 2017 as we all know and were barely punished. Now in 2021, they’re back at it. This time, they’re using whistling to signify what pitch is coming. Straight whistle = fastball, two whistles = off speed (more specifically a curveball) #MLB #Astros #MLBPA
— HoustonAstrosWhistleBlower (@AstrosWhistlers) October 20, 2021
Thanks to @Lockhart81 who pulled it today
Whistles before EVERY single big hit last night. Whistle before the Altuve HR in G3. Whistles in Chicago after Tepera's comments
All the sudden when the Astros are up big, they stop 🤔 https://t.co/LXFKk0wFyi
— Dan Lifshatz (@DanLifshatz) October 21, 2021
That whistle has been tracked through the entire series. Stopped after they were up 6-0 last night. Astros cheating again?🤔— Jeffrey Silva (@jeffwsilva) October 21, 2021
The Astros were also accused of using whistles to communicate what pitches were coming during their 2017 World Series championship run.
Thursday morning, 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich Show delved even deeper into the conspiracy.
Meanwhile, just prior to the top of the sixth inning Wednesday night, Joe Buck pointed out, “There was a lot of conversation going into the bottom of the fifth and more conversation before the top of the sixth with the umpiring crew. We think we know what they were looking at. There was a light shining out in center field at the top of the green fence area on the center field wall.”
Umpires stopped the game because there was a light switching on and off in center field? What are the Red Sox up to? pic.twitter.com/6cfRz6VpD1
— Michael Schwab (@michaelschwab13) October 20, 2021
Maybe both teams are cheating. It’s not like the Boston Red Sox and their manager Alex Cora haven’t done their fair share of it as well in recent years.
Go (whoever wins the National League Championship Series)!