When a pitcher allows a World Series-record five home runs, it’s only natural for people to wonder if pitch-tipping took place.
But after the Phillies hit the five home runs from him in a 7-0 win in Game 3 of the World Series on Tuesday, Astros starter Lance McCullers said he wouldn’t tip his spots.
“Listen, I am who I am. I’m going to throw a lot of off-speed,” McCullers told reporters for The New York Times. “Everyone knows that.”
“I got hit man you know?” he added. “They hit a lot of solid pitches, I thought. But at the end of the day we were beaten pretty badly. And I got pretty beat up. I obviously wanted to serve well and serve better than me. But at the end of the day all I can do is go and get ready for Game 7.”
Others didn’t share McCuller’s conviction, as videos that appeared to show him tipping his pitches were rife on social media.
And it really looked like Phillies star Bryce Harper had picked up something. Harper smashed a home run in the first inning and then gave Alec Bohm a piece of advice. On the first pitch of the second inning, Bohm himself lined a home run.
Harper was asked about the conversation with Bohm and if he had seen anything from McCullers.
“I think whenever you have information, you always want to be able to share it with your teammates,” Harper told reporters. “So I can always help my teammates. We did that all season and yes.”
On the MLB Network, Hall of Famer pitcher Pedro Martinez shared what he thought was McCullers’ pitch tip.
Martinez used video to illustrate how Phillies batters knew a sinker was coming.
“If you take yours glove so high in one place and then you don’t push it nearly as far in the other, then you really say what’s coming,” Martinez said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s right-handed, left-handed or whoever it is, they’re going to get you. Actually, I’m surprised to see it so drastic because it takes a lot less time for them to pick it up when you’re in the big leagues.
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