The Boston Red Sox have a 2-0 World Series lead. And with Game 3 coming at us Friday night in LA, the pressure is squarely on the Dodgers. But that’s not stopping the Red Sox from accusing the opposition of shenanigans. According to Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller, the Red Sox are accusing Manny Machado of stealing signs. But do they have any proof?
Red Sox pitching coach, Dana LeVangie, believes he knows what he saw.
“I wish I would have gone out there before the [Yasiel] Puig at-bat, before he came up in that situation, because I saw the whole thing,” LeVangie told B/R on Wednesday.
After the Puig at-bat, of course, the Dodgers would hold a 2-1 lead in Game 2. It wouldn’t last long, however. In the bottom of the fifth, J.D. Martinez put Boston ahead for good with a two-out, two-run bases loaded single. And that’s where we’re at now. For what it’s worth, though, manager Alex Cora didn’t weigh in on the situation.
“I don’t have a take,” he told the media during Thursday’s day off.
As we know, sign-stealing is nothing new in the majors. Maybe Machado was being a little obvious about it Wednesday night; we don’t know. But these types of accusations fly all the time. And they probably won’t stop flying anytime soon. After all, at this point in the season teams are trying to do whatever they can to get that edge.
In the meantime, Boston doesn’t have to worry about Machado (possibly) stealing signs. They’re up 2-0 in the World Series; they just need to focus on winning two more games.