Game 7 of the ALCS between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros is set for tonight, and the Astros are already in a bad mood.
They've completely lost their minds over Bryan Abreu getting suspended for hitting Adolis Garcia with a pitch during Game 5, claiming that MLB is being biased against their cheating, unpopular organization.
Bryan Abreu Suspension
In case you missed it on Friday night, Garcia belted a long 3-run homer off Justin Verlander in the bottom of the sixth inning, putting the Rangers ahead 4-2. He celebrated in dramatic fashion, admiring his moon shot before spiking his bat to the ground.
The Astros did not take too kindly to that, because heaven forbid you violate one of baseball's silly unwritten rules against them (but breaking the actual rules is totally fine!). The next time Garcia came up in the eighth inning, Abreu immediately drilled him with a 99-mph fastball.
Garcia thought it was intentional and started yelling at Houston catcher Martin Maldonado. He had to be restrained by the home plate umpire, the benches cleared and Astros manager Dusty Baker got ejected.
Believing that Abreu intentionally threw at Garcia, MLB suspended the pitcher for two games. The suspension was upheld after Abreu's appeal, but he will be available for Game 7 and won't serve the suspension until next season.
Astros fans are just upset because it's their guy getting punished. If Jose Leclerc fired his hardest fastball at Yordan Alvarez or Jose Altuve, they'd be calling for a suspension too.
Houston has enjoyed plenty of unfair advantages in recent years. Now the tables have turned.
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