Right over the Batter’s Box line, that’s a legit hbp. Honestly, it’s the best strategy against someone blasting you inside with 2 seamers. Crowd the plate.
I don't really think he leaned into it, at least not the way Diaz did the other day. Also, crowding the plate like that has its drawbacks, as Maldanado wouldn't have been able to hit anything over the inside part of the plate. Wheeler just missed his spot.Yeah, Altuve and Pena are good, but any run that scores here is the "fruit of the poisonous tree" of the BS lean into the pitch by Maldonado. I do not like the Astros.