Interesting comments from an “agitated” Scott Boras this evening, as he told FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal via phone that MLB is wrong to enter into relationships with suppliers of performance-enhancing drugs and that the Anthony Bosch situation sets a dangerous precedent:
“The integrity of the game is only partially served when a known pusher is exonerated, when the genesis of this entire problem is now given a forum and compensation and is not behind bars for the distribution and promoting the use of illegal drugs not only to baseball players, but all members of the sporting community and youth,” Boras said.
“Until we rectify that problem we have not addressed the central issue of eradicating PEDs from professional sports. We have to have legislation; we have to have very clear authority and prosecution of these individuals.
“If these individuals go free, it promotes behavior to create processes to distribute PEDs knowing the league’s focus is on the players not on the distributors of drugs.”
It’s no surprise to hear Boras — the agent — be on the side of the player, and tonight’s comments aren’t far off from what he said back in August when it was first reported that MLB had cut a deal with Bosch. Still, as he often does, Boras has a way of making you think. And it’s hard to shake the notion that in a general sense, MLB’s priorities were out of whack.
No surprise here: The Astros are headed back to the postseason to defend their title following a landslide 11-3 win over the Angels on Friday. This figures to be their third playoff run since 2015, though they have yet to wrap up the AL West with a division title.
First baseman Yuli Gurriel led the charge on Friday, smashing a grand slam in the first inning and tacking on a two-run homer in the second and RBI single in the fifth to help the Astros to a seven-run lead. The Angels eventually returned fire, first with Mike Trout‘s 418-foot homer in the sixth, then with an RBI hit from Francisco Arcia in the seventh, but they couldn’t close the gap in time to overtake the Astros.
On the mound, right-hander Gerrit Cole clinched his 15th win of the year after holding the Angels to seven innings of three-run, 12-strikeout ball. His sixth strikeout of the night — delivered on an 83.1-MPH knuckle curveball to Kaleb Cowart — also marked the 1,000th strikeout of his career to date. He was backed by flawless performances by lefty reliever Tony Sipp and rookie right-hander Dean Deetz, both of whom turned in scoreless innings as the offense barreled toward an 11-3 finish with Jake Marisnick‘s sac bunt and George Springer‘s three-run shot in the eighth.
Despite having qualified for the playoffs, the Astros still carry a magic number of 6 as they look to clinch a third straight division title. They’re currently up against the Athletics, who entered Friday’s contest against the Twins just four games back of first place in the AL West.