Dallas Keuchel Says Baseballs Are ‘Juiced, 100 Percent’ After 8 Home Runs Hit in Game 2
Many wondered if the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers would be able to put on a show for the folks who aren’t fans of either team, and that question was answered last night when both teams combined to hit a World Series record eight homers during an epic Game 2.
Astros ace Dallas Keuchel, who lost game 1, watched from the dugout last night and wonder how so many balls were flying out with so much ease. The former Cy Young winner didn’t mince words as he truly believes the baseballs are being juiced.
“I think the balls are juiced, 100 percent,” Keuchel said, according to Tyler Kepner of the New York Times. “Major League Baseball wants to put on a show.”
For much of the 2017 season, speculation about juiced baseballs ran rampant as pitchers took notice of the surging home run totals compared to other years. A record 6,105 regular-season long balls were hit this year, to be exact.
“That’s what Major League Baseball wants,” Keuchel said of the home run surge, per USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. “They want that exciting two home run lead, and then they (the Dodgers) come back and hit another home run, and everybody’s still watching. That’s what they want. That’s what they’re getting.
“But it is what it is. I’m just glad we came out on top.”