The Houston Astros are the best team in baseball. Their 58-28 record has them a full 15.5 games ahead of the Angels in the American League West, so you’d think that they wouldn’t have much to complain about. Luckily for sports bloggers like me, shortstop Carlos Correa decided to whine about the stupidest of things after his team lost to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.
The struggling Blue Jays won 7-4 on the strength of a five-run fifth inning, and young closer Roberto Osuna converted the save. After getting George Springer to fly out to center and Jose Altuve to ground out to shortstop, Osuna worked Correa, one of the best hitters in the game, to a 3-2 count before getting him to hit a weak grounder back to the pitcher’s mound.
Here’s the play:
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As you can see, Osuna took his time walking over to first base before flipping the ball to Justin Smoak to record the out. After the game, Correa was peeved that Osuna tried to “show him up,” which is a huge no-no in the Official Unwritten Rules of Baseball (™).
“I don’t know what’s so special about that: throwing me a 3-2 cutter; showing me up … I go home, relax. Next time I face him, he better not give up a homer,” Correa told the Houston Chronicle’s Hunter Atkins.
Sounds like a Correa bat flip is on pre-order.
The Astros and the Blue Jays play three more times this weekend ahead of the All-Star break, but Osuna has pitched three days in a row (recording three saves in a row) and is likely to get Friday and/or Saturday off, even if the Jays find themselves in a save situation.