Someone took the time to go through every Houston Astros home game with available audio from the 2017 regular season to log the amount of audible trash can bangs, and it's just as glorious as you'd imagine. Over 58 game recordings, 1,143 bangs were noted throughout the 8,274 pitches Houston faced.
Because of baseball's extensive relationship with numbers and statistics, it's only fair we visualize the depth of this cheating scandal with some graphs. We can see which Astros benefited from the system and which weren't as involved, but now we're able to track down the pitching victims who suffered most from it. Enter Phil Hughes.
Forty-plus trash can bangs were heard in ten different games on the list, but the contest Hughes pitched against the Astros on July 14, 2017, was their second-dirtiest game that season.
Brian Dozier put the Minnesota Twins up 1-0 with a solo home run in the first inning. Jose Berrios needed just 13 pitches to get through his first four batters, and then the Astros got desperate. Berrios got tagged for five runs in the second inning before he could record two outs.
Hughes came in for relief of Berrios, but Houston wouldn't even give him a break either. Brian McCann took him deep for three runs his first at bat, and it was 10-1 Astros by the time Hughes had left the game.
This guy's next project should be figuring out how many minor league pitching demotions the Astros aided in 2017. We have a feeling it's several.