The Chicago White Sox have been eliminated from the MLB playoffs by the Houston Astros, and their head coach Tony La Russa dropped some comments regarding the team that defeated them.
The White Sox succumbed to a 10-1 defeat at the hands of the Astros in a series-clinching game 4, however, La Russa main focus was placed on the Astros for hitting Jose Abreu with a pitch in the game.
La Russa went on to claim the hit-by-pitch was an intentional act from the Astros side and they should be admitting it.
He said via online casino usa real money: "If they don't admit it, then they're really dishonest.
"That stuff there in the eighth inning, it just leaves a bitter taste in your mouth and in my gut. There was a character shortage there that they should answer for. Stupid, too," La Russa added. "I'll be interested to see if they admit it. If they don't admit, then they're really dishonest."
Abreu's hit happened in the eighth inning against Astros reliever Kendall Graveman, with a full count and two outs. While La Russa was seen not to be please about the hit, it was hard for the spectators to see what the manager saw that made sure that the Astros reliever hit Abreu intentionally.
Graveman behaviour, at the time, was quite erratic so it was hard to determine if the reliever's hit was intentional or not.
Astros manager Dusty Baker, however, was sceptical when it comes to his opponent's claim for some reasons. Speaking about Graveman's HBP, Baker said: "...no way, if anybody knew Graveman, the situation in the game...I don't think there's bad blood b/w these teams...there's no reason to hit Abreu, he hadn't done anything to us...no reason to do that. Zero."
Claiming there's no bad blood between the two teams might be a little too farfetched as Baker's team had a bone to pick with White Sox reliever Ryan Tepera following the end of the game.
The White Sox reliever reignited the talks of the Astros' sign-stealing scandal having implied that the Houston team may be cheating again after Game 3, as he pointed the difference in the quality of at-bats between its home and away matches in the series.
The Houston team had no trouble in their offensive line in Game 4, which sparked a vast difference to their ability in Game 3. The White Sox shortstop Carlos Correa made a response at the postgame interview.
Responding to Tepera's comments, Correa said via real money online pokies Australia: "Disrespectful words with no facts. We have nothing to say. We scored six runs at home, then we scored, what, like nine? Then we scored six again here, they just happened to score 12. And then you look at our OPS on the road, was the best in all the big leagues through a 162-game season which we played 81 on the road. Their OPS was a lot higher at home than it was on the road.
"He needs to know the facts."
It is a known fact the Houston Astros cheated in the 2017 regular season, postseason as well as 2018 regular season. It was admitted by the players involved in it, and ever since the team had to deal with the many public repercussions coming at them.
In this campaign, the Houston team has been struggling to replicate their hitting success of last season, which was their first since their cheating scandal, yet they managed to strike out less than every other team in baseball.
They managed to return to the hitting-success ways this year as they claimed an MLB-best of 863 runs and are currently on their way to a 95-67 record for the campaign.