MLB Network's Chris Russo is known to viewers as a man with a feisty personality which makes his takes even more entertaining and sometimes outlandish, but this time he may have struck gold. "Mad Dog" went off on the Houston Astros, and in particular Justin Verlander, for the cheating scandal after the MLB's official punishments were handed down.
While he may go a bit over the top, Russo does have a good point. Many players on the Astros have been known to talk a lot but seemingly disappeared as of late.
And when you consider Verlander -- a guy who called out the MLB for allegedly juicing balls, got a reporter kicked out of the clubhouse for petty reasons, and ripped the Indians for allegedly stealing signs (when he was a member of the Tigers) -- this whole situation continues to look more and more shady.
And aside from Verlander, players like Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve are known trash-talkers -- nothing excessive, but guys who aren't afraid to speak their minds. Yet, we haven't heard a peep.
In addition to the investigation findings, the numbers say A LOT. While it's probably smart the Astros players are staying quiet considering the initial backlash has been fierce, it's definitely out of character for this bunch, especially Verlander.