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Dodgers: Astros Player Says that Joe Kelly Was Afraid of Carlos Correa

Lance McCullers Jr had some harsh words for the Dodgers.



The beef between the Astros and the Dodgers just keeps going. After Joe Kelly made his highly anticipated appearance on the Big Swing podcast, Lance McCullers Jr had to get into the mix.

The Astros pitcher, who was a part of the cheating 2017 team, sounded off on Kelly. In his mind, the Dodgers’ pitcher had no intention of backing up his trash talking. He talked about Kelly and the whole incident on The Atheltic’s Starkville podcast with Jayson Stark. 

He started that issue with what he said after he struck Carlos out – not going to repeat it. Citing the ‘Oh, I didn’t get close.’ Joe was scared. Carlos isn’t the right dude to mess with. It is what it is. I’m beyond it. He got his five games.

Joe Kelly did say that he did everything he could to maintain the social distancing guidelines set forth by MLB. In fact, he went so far as to say the Astros probably should be the ones getting suspensions because they came over to the Dodgers side. 

McCullers also said that Kelly and the Dodgers’ approach to policing the game was entirely wrong. He cited the risk of player health as the reason for Kelly being the guy to blame, saying that he could have hurt someone by throwing at them. 

Throwing 97 mph fastballs at guys’ heads isn’t the way it’s done. If you are going to be the person that carries the big stick, if you’re going to be the holier than thou, you better do it the right way. That was, I think, our biggest issue with it. I think that the players that want to be the policeman, then act accordingly. If you want to hit Alex Bregman, and he’s said this multiple times: hit him in the ass and let’s move on with life. If you’re upset with that, let’s just do it and let’s get on with it.

You would think that if McCullers was so concerned with the integrity fo the game, he would condone cheating first. Apparently that’s not very high on his priority list though, who would have guessed. Whatever he wants to say, nothing changes the fact that the Dodgers were cheated out of a World Series in 2017, and everyone knows it. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Astros players still don’t get it. They have a commissioner determine to protect them and get this off the front page. All they have to do is shut up and it will eventually go away. But they can’t.

    Then McCullers disingenuously says “I’m beyond it” when clearly he isn’t.

    • Could every MLB team that plays the Astros please start nailing these bums? At least two Astros batters should be nailed in every game.

      • The best thing that ever happened to the Astros was the corona virus inspired empty stands. Otherwise they would be hearing just how much fans all over the country detest these vile cheaters.

  2. Before each game, Astro players should gather in the middle of the diamond and bend on their hands and knees begging fans for forgiveness..

  3. Rainbirdmuse exactly…..The Cheating ASTERISKS want this all to go away while they were cheating for over a year and stole several playoff series from American League teams and the WS.
    They will always be tainted.
    Drysdale would have hospitalized these cheaters. Bergman has a big mouth and I detest him.
    The bottom line here is Kelly didn’t HIT them!

  4. McCullers says, “you better do it the right way.”

    What a joke. Trashtros have no business telling others how to conduct themselves.

  5. Can’t say if he was scared or not but don’t make a face and walk away. Go up to the person you have sh*t with. I was embarrassed as a dodgers fan that the whole Astros team was all the over to dodgers side just like how the dbacks were last yr aug 10 chirping behind the dugout not wanting to come out. Like everyone is saying where is puig?

    • Not giving Correa the time of day was the point. Kelly won that battle, he said his piece and let Correa try to chirp back as he “walked away”. Lots of ways to fight back that don’t include chest bumping. I much more prefer Kelly’s antics.

  6. The best thing that ever happened to the Astros was the corona virus inspired empty stands. Otherwise they would be hearing just how much fans all over the country detest these vile cheaters.

  7. I tend to believe the action was in the words.. Not because Kelly chicken-out, but omitting the emotions that came with not winning the world series, baseball player are knowingly aware cheating has been a part of game since forever…

  8. AS TROLLS AND AS TROLL’S FANS SHOULD GO AND GET THE NEW JOE KELLY BLUE T SHIRT!!! THE 0N3 FOR CHARITY THAT READS [ DEAL WITH IT ] 0R THE “FREE JOE KELLY#17” GET OFF OR NATION COMMENTING!!!!!!!!!!
    NO NEGATIVE NANCY’S IN HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    W3 LOV3 LA!!! LOS ANGELES’S BLUE DODGER’S

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