The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros, 7-4, on Thursday, and Carlos Correa wasn’t happy about it. He was upset about the loss, yes, but he was also angry at Toronto closer Roberto Osuna for his delayed throw to first base that ended the game.
Osuna induced a soft grounder to the mound from Correa, who, to be fair, wasn’t in a hurry to first base, either. Osuna walked slowly toward first before throwing Correa out.
Correa called out Osuna after the game, accusing him of “showing me up.”
It’ll be interesting to see what happens if Correa gets another crack at Osuna this weekend before the All-Star break.
“It’s good. I think it’s just going to motivate Carlos the next time he faces him to take him deep, and we’ll see what happens from there,” Astros third baseman Alex Bregman said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “But I know he wasn’t probably too happy with it.”
Then again, maybe Osuna wanted to savor the moment. The Astros (58-28) have the best record in baseball and are a majors-best 31-10 on the road.
“It’s fun. It’s good,” Bregman said. “I’m glad that every time we go on the road, we bring out the other team’s best. They’re trying to beat us, and we’re trying to beat them, and it always makes for a fun game, especially in Toronto where it’s a sold-out crowd every night.”
Home or away, the Astros have been dominant. They’ve scored the most runs in baseball and have allowed the fewest runs in the American League.
“I think it’s just picking each other up,” Bregman said. “When the pitching needs the offense to pick them up, we pick them up, and when the offense isn’t having a great day, the pitching seems to pick us up with a solid performance with one- or two-run baseball. It’s just been everybody contributing, finding a way to get the job done, and I think it’s representative with the six All-Stars that we have.”
Bregman was asked which team – the Astros or Cubs – have a better young core.
Bregman, 23, gave savvy answer.
“Well, I think those guys have a World Series sunder their belt,” he said. “That’s one thing that we’re striving to get to, but I wouldn’t trade anybody on this team for any of them. I think we’ve been playing great baseball to start this year, and I like our group of guys.”