New York Mets fans were convinced that San Diego Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove was had an illegal substance on his ear.
On Saturday, three of the four Wild Card Series’ ended in sweeps. The lone series that did not was between the New York Mets and San Diego Padres. After the Padres took Game 1, the Mets took Game 2 behind a stellar performance by ace Jacob deGrom. Sunday was Game 3, the win or go home contest that would determine who would play the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS.
On the mound for the Padres was Joe Musgrove, who recorded a 2.93 ERA, a 10-7 record, and a 1.08 WHIP in 30 regular season games started. During the game, some baseball fans pointed out that they believed Musgrove had an illegal substance on his right ear.
Mets manager Buck Showalter decided in the bottom of the sixth inning that he wanted the umpires to check Musgrove for any substances. After checking his glove and his ears, the umpires determined that there was no sticky substance on his ear.
Mets fans believed that Joe Musgrove was cheating in Game 3
Mets fans were not that pleased when umpires determined that Musgrove did not have any illegal substance on his ear.
Let’s just say that Musgrove was not very happy that the Mets wanted him to get checked by umpires. Immediately after the inspection, Musgrove struck out Tomas Nido. That is when he looked towards the Mets dugout, and wiped his nose.
At that point in the game, the Padres were up 4-0 after a Austin Nola hit a two-run single in the second inning, an RBI single by Trent Grisham in the fourth, and an RBI single by Manny Machado in the fifth.
Showalter noticed Musgrove’s ears, much like baseball fans did, and decided to get them checked. There was nothing there. Musgrove was just on fire on Sunday night in the elimination game.