Bauer also has a well-known dislike for the Astros having accused Houston’s pitchers of cheating in 2018 (which he later walked back, but only while accusing “over 69 percent” of MLB’s pitchers of also cheating and getting into a small Twitter beef with Astros starter Lance McCullers).
Bauer’s pessimism regarding the success of Houston’s starting pitchers wasn’t completely without merit. Dallas Keuchel, Charlie Morton, Gerrit Cole, and Justin Verlander all became almost unhittable (or even more unhittable) after they joined the Astros.
So when the bombshell report by The Athletic with former Astros, including starting pitcher Mike Fiers, stating that the team cheated to win during their World Series-winning season in 2017 and perhaps beyond, Bauer apparently felt vindicated enough to post a few tweets about it including one superbly hilarious video showing Alex Bregman hitting a home run off him during the 2018 ALDS off, you guessed it… an off-speed pitch… in Minute Maid Park.
When someone on Twitter asked him if he was indeed feeling vindicated, Bauer played coy, acting like he had no idea what that person was talking about.
Troll on, Mr. Bauer. Troll on.