Ryan Tepera hints that Houston Astros may have stolen signs against the Chicago White Sox, saying that they obviously had a reputation for …
CHICAGO – White Soxreliever Ryan Tepera hinted that TheAstros may have stolen signs in Games 1 and 2 of their AL Division Series after Chicago won their third game on Sunday night.
Houston was looking for a win after rolling to two formidable victories at home. But it struck 16 times in a 6-6 loss in Chicago, having struck a total of 16 times in the first two games. The AL-West champions went down in turn in each of the last five innings.
Tepera, who completed two perfect innings, noticed the difference between the Astros at home and on the road.
“Yeah. It is what it is. You obviously have a reputation for doing some sketchy things over there,” he said. “All we can say is it’s a little bit of a difference. I think you’ve seen the Swings and Misses tonight compared to the first two games at Minute Maid. But that’s not really the story, you know? We are coming here to play. We’re going to play against each other. We won’t worry about what they’re going to do.
“All we have to do is pit and they can’t hit them anyway.”
Game 4 of the Best of Five series is scheduled for Monday afternoon in Chicago, but rain is forecast.
The Astros were disciplined by Major League Baseball after it was discovered the team used electronics to steal signs during their run to the 2017 World Series title and again in the 2018 season.
MLB’s investigation found that Houston was using a video feed from a midfield camera to view and decipher the opposing catcher’s markings during home games. Players hit a trash can to signal the clubs what to expect, believing this would increase the clubs’ chances of scoring a hit.
Managers AJ Hinch and General Manager Jeff Luhnow were sacked in the aftermath, but no player was penalized after Commissioner Rob Manfred granted them immunity as part of the league’s investigation.
Sign stealing is a legal and time-honored part of baseball as long as it’s done with the naked eye – say, from a baserunner who comes in second. The use of technology is prohibited.
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