- White Sox reliever Ryan Tepera implied after Chicago’s Game 3 win that the Astros were stealing signs during the first two games of the ALDS in Houston.
- The Houston Astros infamously cheated their way to the 2017 World Series title and made it to the 2018 World Series by illegally stealing signs.
- More MLB news here.
The Houston Astros, who were given a slap on the wrist by Major League Baseball after cheating their way to two World Series, winning one in 2017, have now been not-so-subtly accused of doing it again by Chicago White Sox reliever Ryan Tepera.
During the first two games of the American League Division Series between the White Sox and the Astros, both held at Houston’s Minute Maid Park, Astros hitters combined for 20 hits and 16 strikeouts. Houston won both games, 6-1 and 9-6.
In the third game, a 12-6 victory by the White Sox in Chicago, Astros hitters had just six hits… and 16 strikeouts.
Ryan Tepera, who threw two hitless innings of relief Sunday night, wonders why that happened.
“They’re doing something different over there at Minute Maid,” said Tepera. “It shows you how many swings and misses they had tonight compared to at Minute Maid.”
When asked to clarify what he was implying, Tepera replied, “Yeah. It is what it is. They’ve obviously had a reputation of doing some sketchy stuff over there. It’s just, we can say that it’s a little bit of a difference. I think you saw the swings and misses tonight compared to, you know, the first two games at Minute Maid.
“But that’s not really the story, you know? We come here to play. We’re going to compete. We’re not going to worry about what they’re going to do. All we have to do is execute pitches and they can’t hit them anyways.”
#WhiteSox pitcher Ryan Tepera said the #Astros are cheating at MMP, citing the difference w/ their swings & misses on the road tonight. "They've had a reputation of doing some sketchy things over there." His full comments after his team's 12-6 #ALDS game 3 win. #Postseason pic.twitter.com/3lbfjnJvqE
— Adam Wexler (@AdamJWexler) October 11, 2021
During Game 3 of the ALDS, the Astros swung and missed 33 percent of the time. In Games 1 and 2, Houston swung and missed just 24 percent of the time.
According to CBS Sports, the Astros also hit a lower percentage of their batted balls 95 mph or harder and had a worse average launch angle in Game 3 than they did in either of the first two games.
Does any of this actually mean anything though?
Yes, of course it does. It means that Game 4 between the Astros and the White Sox on Monday (first pitch 3:37 p.m. ET) just got a whole lot more interesting.