By the end of Game 5 of the World Series, the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers combined to score 29 runs on seven home runs—a World Series record. This helped set multiple World Series records for players to hit a home run (14), total home runs in the World Series (22), total home runs for the postseason (101) and three-run home runs in a game (3). Have the balls been juiced?
A record-setting postseason for home runs and the most exciting World Series game in recent memory have been captivating, to say the least. However, it is obvious there have been some modifications to the ball to make it easier to hit. Pitchers have noted the balls are slicker, making breaking pitches break less, giving hitters a fat ball to hit. These balls are juiced.
While the players themselves could be using steroids again, it is unlikely because of the routine testing and harsh penalties. With interest waning in the last few years, during a stretch that would qualify as a pitcher era, it wouldn't be surprising to think the league might alter baseballs to allow for more home runs and generate more fan interest. Making the balls harder, and making the seams tighter are simple ways to reduce drag and increase exit velocity off the bat, resulting in longer hit balls.
There is no other way to explain the power surge in the playoffs this year. The balls are juiced.
There is no conspiracy here. Baseball doesn't need juiced balls for talented players to hit home runs.
MLB released a memo stating they tested the balls at University of Massachusetts-Lowell Baseball Research Center and found no evidence of any tampering. Say what you will about the league, but they backed up their claim by going to an independent institution.
Pitchers like to make up excuses for why people are hitting off of them. Maybe they should worry about their pitching location rather than the size, and bounce of the ball. Launch angles have become en vogue in the league, and that is the cause of the home run spike. The balls are the same as they ever were. There is no juicing of any kind.
The balls are not juiced. Launch angles have changed the way baseball is played. Playoffs are HR ball now. #WorldSeries