Astros' Justin Verlander Has NSFW Response to MLB and Blasts Rob Manfred Over Alleged Juiced Balls

HOUSTON, TEXAS - JULY 05: Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros walks off the mound after giving up two home runs in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Minute Maid Park on July 05, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Major League Baseball has seen an alarming increase of offensive production for the better part of three consecutive years. The rate at which players are belting home runs in 2019 is staggering, and has many skeptics, pundits, and even fans thinking that the league is "juicing" its balls to increase offense numbers (and entertainment).

Well, it would appear that anger and skepticism is also reaching the game's players as former Cy Young winner and AL MVP Justin Verlander shared some new and profane opinions on the increasingly popular predicament.

When asked for his thoughts on whether or not balls feel like they were voluntarily juiced by the league, Houston's ace said, "Yes. 100%," adding that the current situation is "a [expletive]ing joke."

"I hate the way I feel out there," Verlander continued. "No matter who's the batter, I feel like I'm constantly walking a tightrope, because any batter can go opposite field. Any batter can leave with any pitch that's anywhere in the zone."

But wait, there's more.

And if you're wondering where Justin's frustrations are coming from, it's due to the fact that he's allowed a league-high 26 long balls in 2019 -- just four shy of his previous career high for a season.

And things won't get any easier for Verlander, as the ageless vet is set to face the National League's loaded lineup in the All-Star Game on Tuesday.

We can't confirm any of Verlander's speculations, but we cannot deny the fact that he's presenting a plausible theory. After all, Jeff Passan notes that players are on pace to top the previous single-season home run record by more than 500 (!).

Those mind-boggling projections can't just be coincidence, right? According to JV, it's anything but that.