So Kenny sez it was dirt; he also said he didn’t speak to an umpire, yet he was obviously approached by home plate umpire Marquez after the first.
(As a side note; isn’t it a little late for La Russa to be saying he doesn’t think it was dirt?)
Here’s the evidence.
The above collage captures the following:
A. World Series, Game two against the Cards. B. American League Championship Series, Game three against the A’s. C and D, American League Division Series, Game two against the Yankees
Below you’ll find, left, against the Texas Rangers, September 12 ; middle, August 12, against the White Sox, and right, against the Indians, April 14.
What you see is the same consistent beige spot on the bottom of Rogers’ thumb on his pitching hand. Now, if applying a foreign substance to the ball is illegal, then why is Rogers allowed to pitch with that crap all over his hand (see note C on top image)?
For whatever reason, Rogers seemed to be pitching extremely well towards the end of the regular season. He went 6-4 in his last 10 starts with an ERA close to 0.24.
In his August 12 start against the Sox, he pitched 7 innings, he took the loss, but no earned runs (4 unearned).
In his September 12 start against the Rangers, he pitched 7, allowed 2 runs (10 hits) and took the win.
In his April 14 start against the Indians, he pitched 8 innings, allowed 1 run, (7 hits) and took the win.
The White Sox game was played in Chicago, while the Cleveland and Texas games were played in Detroit; same as all of his starts in the post season.
I don’t know if it’s too late, but I sure smell one stinking rat.