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Astros’ Dallas Keuchel Calls Out Dodgers’ Charlie Culberson And Juiced Balls

Game 2 of the 2017 World Series will be talked about for years to come. The back-and-forth finally ended after eleven innings of October baseball, with the Astros coming out on top 7-6. However, the Dodgers were close to pushing the game into the twelfth inning.

With two outs in the bottom of the eleventh inning, Charlie Culberson came up to bat and hit a solo home run over the left field wall. It was absolutely remarkable, and a testament to these Dodgers not going down without a fight.

Check out the video of Culberson hitting his home run and celebrating as he rounds the bases below!

After the game, Astros’ starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel had something to say about the way that Charlie Culberson celebrated his home run. A home run that was hit in the World Series. A home run that was hit in the bottom of the eleventh inning of the World Series. A home run that was hit with two outs in the bottom of the eleventh inning of the World Series. A home run that… Do you get that point? Well, I guess the moment just was not big enough for Dallas Keuchel.

Charlie Culberson’s home run put the Dodgers within one run of tying the game and keeping Los Angeles’ Game 2 hopes alive. On top of that, Culberson commented after the game and noted that he knew the score and was just pointing to his family in the stands.

However, that wasn’t the end of Keuchel’s comments after Game 2 of the World Series. He went on to essentially accuse Major League Baseball of juicing the balls to “put on a show” for the fans.

As noted above, the eight home runs on Wednesday is a World Series record. The Major League Baseball record for most home runs in a single season, set back in 2000 at 5,693 home runs, was broken this year with 6,105 home runs. There was also 1.26 home runs allowed per game this year, which is also a Major League Baseball record.

This statement by Keuchel is nothing new or ground-breaking. Here is what Commissioner Manfred had to say about the rising number of home runs in Major League Baseball back in mid-September:

I think it’s clear that Dallas Keuchel’s comments on Charlie Culberson are pretty uncalled for, especially when you look out how his teammates were celebrating their home runs. However, what do you think about the “home run problem” in Major League Baseball? Let us know in the comments below!

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Alex Perez

Whittier College Alumnus. Editor In Chief of Dodgers Nation. Lifelong Dodgers fan.


  1. It could be unintentional juicing as a product alway comes out different anytime production equipment is updated or replaced.

    1. Home run problem? Its obviously a pitching problem.. Keep the ball flat and it will get raked, instead give the ball some movement and never make retarded comments like this Astro pitcher.

  2. Do they not continue to mention how these young guys are trained to hit the ball differently the in years passed? Do they not say how they now dig low to drive the baseball out of the parks? How all the new guys are potential power hitters? But no, that couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the rise in homeruns; no, it absolutely must be some conspiracy… get over yourselves and just enjoy the game!

  3. Well, for years, the baseball gods have been preaching the line drive. Driving through the ball. Hit it hard and hit it flat. Swing level. Roll your wrists over to get maximum results. Now, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner and Chris Taylor (just to name a few) have changed the way they swing. Fans love homeruns. I remember back in the day when “Chicks dig the long ball” was the thing. Instead of “juicing” their bodies, they’ve changed the way they swing. And I for one, love it!

  4. I love my Dodgers but it worries mr that they dominate because of pitching and the long ball.

  5. I think hes just making excuses. The balls are not juiced Ive seen how there made and handled down to the guy who digs the mud. Its simply the new era of baseball and sabermetrics is catching up to pitchers. Pitchers need to simply evolve.

  6. How bout every article stops whining about something Houston has done and start pointing fingers at the shit managing OUR side is doing?

  7. It was 103 degrees with low humidity. OF COURSE the ball is going to fly out of there. Get over it Keuchel. You won. Be happy for the sport that it is exciting

  8. The Astros’ theatrics across the board have been excessive. And don’t get me started on Gurriel. Can it, Keuchel. And wash your beard. It looks gross.

  9. The Series is being set up for Yasiel Puig to be the ultimate hero. Then watch the complaining about over zealous celebrations!!!

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