Intriguing ripple effect of Astros rival going full-hypocrite


The Los Angeles Dodgers recently signed former Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick, and much has been made about welcoming a player that was on the 2017 Astros team that was punished for sign-stealing. The fact that the Astros beat LA in the World Series that year has certainly produced a lot of fans and players that still dislike the team.

However, many Dodgers players and their manager have come to Marisnick's defense. The LA Times reported on him joining the club.

“I do like Jake,” said Kershaw. “I think he’s had to deal with it for a long time. I think he has some remorse for it as well, which is probably all you can ask for at this point…”

Some other quotes were pretty condemning too.

“I don’t get as mad at him because he wasn’t in the lineup,” Kershaw said.

I guess he gets a pass because he wasn't a starter?

Funny, none of the Dodgers mentioned that Marisnick benefitted from the sign-stealing scandal probably more than anyone. He recorded a career-high in OPS and home runs that year.

And let's not forget Mookie Betts is on the Dodgers, and he was part of the Red Sox team punished for sign-stealing. And if memory serves, they won the World Series the same year they were busted for cheating. But nobody in LA brings that up.

Looking ahead

Enough with ancient history, the Dodgers players seem ready to put the past behind them.

So let's turn our attention to the home team. Astros supporters have been quick to tell angry MLB fans to get over it, 2017 was a long time ago. But the thought of Astros hater Cody Bellinger joining the team has most Houstonians upset. Personally, I can't blame them. I don't want him here, either.

But if we want everybody to move on and get over it, shouldn't that apply to Bellinger's past comments?

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Astros defeat Tigers, 4-1. Composite Getty Image.

Ronel Blanco had the second hitless outing of his brief major league career but was pulled after seven innings as the Houston Astros beat the Detroit Tigers 4-1 on Sunday.

Blanco (7-2), who threw the only no-hitter in the majors this season on April 1 against Toronto, was just as good this time in the 20th start and 37th appearance of his career. The 30-year-old right-hander threw 94 pitches with 65 strikes and tied a season best with eight strikeouts. He walked three.

Ryan Pressly replaced Blanco to start the eighth and gave up the Tigers' first hit, a two-out single by Wenceel Pérez.

Jose Altuve hit a three-run homer for Houston.

The Tigers couldn’t do much of anything against Blanco a day after they had a season-high 19 hits in a 13-5 trouncing of the Astros.

Blanco didn’t allow a baserunner until he walked Gio Urshela with two outs in the fifth.

He then walked Akil Baddoo and Carson Kelly to load the bases, but retired Zach McKinstry on a flyout.

Blanco made a good defensive play for the second out of the sixth when he grabbed a comebacker hit by Matt Vierling. He then sat down Riley Greene on a popup.

Urshela reached with two outs in the seventh on a throwing error by third baseman Alex Bregman. Blanco then retired Baddoo on a fly ball that center fielder Jake Meyers caught on the warning track to end the right-hander’s day.

After the hit by Pérez, Pressly sat down Vierling before Josh Hader took over for the ninth. Mark Canha singled with one out and scored on a double by pinch-hitter Andy Ibánez.

Urshela grounded out and Hader struck out pinch-hitter Jake Rogers to end it.

Detroit starter Kenta Maeda (2-3) permitted five hits and four runs in five innings.

Altuve hit a leadoff single before moving to second on a wild pitch with one out. The Astros took a 1-0 lead when he scored on a single by Yordan Alvarez.

Mauricio Dubón singled with one out in the second and Chas McCormick drew a two-out walk. Altuve made it 4-0 with his shot to center field.


Astros: Manager Joe Espada said RHP Justin Verlander, who was scratched from Saturday’s start with neck discomfort, was feeling better Sunday and could start in the team’s next series against the Chicago White Sox. … RHP Luis Contreras was selected to the major league roster to take the place of RHP Nick Hernandez, who was optioned to Triple-A Sugar Land Saturday night. To make room for Contreras on the 40-man roster, RHP Cristian Javier, who recently had Tommy John surgery, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.


Tigers: RHP Reese Olson (1-8, 3.68 ERA) starts for Detroit against Braves LHP Max Fried (6-3, 3.20) in the opener of a three-games series at Atlanta Monday night.

Astros: Houston is off Monday before opening a three-game series at the White Sox Tuesday night. The Astros haven’t announced their starters for the series.

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