Are MLB’s baseballs juiced?

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Astros shortstop Carlos Correa hits a home run off Dodgers reliever Brandon Morrow.

Will Sieracki, Reporter

  The Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series, giving the Astros their first World Series win in franchise history. However, one of the bigger storylines during the series, as well as over the entire regular season, was that the baseballs were “juiced.”

 

     There’s plenty of evidence that the balls had been changed. Game 5 had a final score of 13-12, with seven home runs hit, which is crazy. What’s even more crazy is that wasn’t even the most home runs hit in one game during the series. In Game 2, eight home runs were hit in total, including five in extra innings alone. By Game 5, the Astros and Dodgers had combined to break the all-time records for most home runs in a World Series and the most home runs in an entire postseason. During the regular season, more home runs were hit than in any other year in the history of Major League Baseball.

 

     Even MLB pitchers have agreed with the juiced ball theory. Astros star Justin Verlander and Toronto Blue Jays starter Brett Anderson both think that the balls have been engineered differently. Former pitcher Dan Haren said on Twitter that he was “thankful he got out before the balls were juiced.”

     It clearly isn’t a problem to MLB, though. Television ratings during the World Series were very high, which shows that although the baseballs may be juiced so more home runs are hit, and some fans complain, the majority likes what they see.