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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After another poor performance from former Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson, the Cleveland Browns' season is starting to look like an uphill climb. Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb is out for the year, and Cleveland fans aren't too pleased with the way Watson is playing, especially considering the massive contract extension he signed with the team. And we didn't even get to the off the field drama that comes with Watson.

However, Houston fans are invested in the Browns' season outcome as well, with the Texans holding the Browns' first round pick in 2024, and having sent their own first rounder to the Cardinals in the Will Anderson trade.

So each loss for the Browns, means a better draft pick for the Texans!

For Houston, it looks like they have their QB of the future in CJ Stroud. And he'll be on a less expensive rookie contract for the next several years, giving the Texans more cap space to upgrade the roster.

With all of this in mind, is it fair to question if the Texans dodged a bullet when Watson demanded a trade?

DeMeco Ryans vs. Lovie Smith

Plus, we're only two games into the season, but Lovie Smith's defense was much better (with a similar roster) than what DeMeco Ryans' defense has shown thus far, and DeMeco has the benefit of Will Anderson rushing the QB.

Are the struggles on defense more about the roster GM Nick Caserio has put together, or does this slow start fall on DeMeco?

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