The baseball world is up in arms about the Houston Astros' widening cheating scandal. The team may very well have swindled their way to a 2017 World Series title by stealing signs, and we're now left to wonder what might have been had various members of their organization respected the sanctity of the game and the spirit of sportsmanship.
Notably, the home and road splits for six of Houston's players during the 2017 postseason shows that the team performed significantly better when playing in their home ballpark-- enough to merit a closer look in light of the recent damning developments.
How about Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa?
Or Alex Bregman and Brian McCann?
Or Yuli Gurriel and Evan Gattis?
So, is this all a coincidence? We think not.
These stats further prove that Houston was playing with an unfair advantage in 2017. The difference between their hitting numbers while playing at home compared to their numbers on the road are night and day.
It's impossible to know how the league will address this issue just yet. However, baseball fans (aside from the ones that live in Houston and will insist on having wool over their eyes) may as well start calling for the Astros to be stripped of all the hardware they won back in 2017, including their World Series trophy even Jose Altuve's MVP award.