Latest report reveals Dusty Baker's bizarre reason for benching one of Astros best players


Latest report reveals Dusty Baker's bizarre reason for benching one of Astros best players

Over the course of the Astros season, a lot has been made of Dusty Baker's curious lineup decisions. Especially, when it comes to Astros outfielder, Chas McCormick.

After the Astros swept the Rangers this week, The Athletic published an article written by Chandler Rome about Baker's alleged reasons for not playing Chas regularly. The piece indicates McCormick's weight might have something to do with it, and his irregular playing time is an issue for some within the organization.

Could this really be the reason?

Be sure to watch the video above as the guys share their thoughts on the alleged rift between Baker and McCormick.

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Framber Valdez takes the hill for Houston. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

Houston Astros (31-37, third in the AL West) vs. San Francisco Giants (33-35, third in the NL West)

San Francisco; Wednesday, 3:45 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Framber Valdez (5-3, 3.53 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 50 strikeouts); Giants: Logan Webb (5-5, 2.92 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 73 strikeouts)

BETMGM SPORTSBOOK: LINE Giants -117, Astros -102; over/under is 8 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros meet on Wednesday with the winner claiming the three-game series.

San Francisco has an 18-15 record in home games and a 33-35 record overall. The Giants have gone 9-4 in games when they hit two or more home runs.

Houston has a 14-19 record in road games and a 31-37 record overall. The Astros have the second-best team batting average in MLB play at .259.

Wednesday’s game is the third time these teams meet this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Matt Chapman leads San Francisco with eight home runs while slugging .400. Heliot Ramos is 15-for-39 with four home runs and 10 RBI over the past 10 games.

Alex Bregman has 12 doubles, a triple and nine home runs for the Astros. Yordan Alvarez is 15-for-39 with four doubles, a triple and four home runs over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Giants: 4-6, .225 batting average, 4.39 ERA, outscored by six runs

Astros: 6-4, .267 batting average, 3.33 ERA, outscored opponents by 16 runs

INJURIES: Giants: Blake Snell: 15-Day IL (groin), Marco Luciano: 10-Day IL (undisclosed), LaMonte Wade Jr: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Jung Hoo Lee: 60-Day IL (labrum), Tom Murphy: 60-Day IL (head), Nick Ahmed: 10-Day IL (wrist), Alex Cobb: 60-Day IL (hip), Ethan Small: 60-Day IL (oblique), Austin Warren: 60-Day IL (elbow), Tristan Beck: 60-Day IL (arm), Robbie Ray: 60-Day IL (elbow)

Astros: Kyle Tucker: 10-Day IL (shin), Jose Urquidy: 60-Day IL (forearm), Spencer Arrighetti: day-to-day (calf), Cristian Javier: 15-Day IL (forearm), Oliver Ortega: 60-Day IL (elbow), Bennett Sousa: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Penn Murfee: 60-Day IL (elbow), Luis Garcia: 60-Day IL (elbow), Lance McCullers Jr.: 60-Day IL (elbow), Kendall Graveman: 60-Day IL (elbow)

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