Some Cubs call Thames’ success a head-scratcher

Milwaukee Brewers' Eric Thames gets high-fives in the dugout after his home run against the Colorado Rockies during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Some Cubs players insinuated the Brewers’ Eric Thames owes his great start to performance-enhancing drugs. Is that out of line?

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The story:

The out-of-nowhere start by the Brewers’ Eric Thames has been the talk of baseball. Certainly, some members of the Cubs have been talking about the red-hot Milwaukee player, and while they’re not accusing the 30-year-old, in his first MLB season since 2012, of using performance-enhancing drugs, they are making a point of scratching their heads.

Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio:

“Well, the bottom line is [Thames] has hit the ball and we gotta figure out a way to get around [it]. All that other stuff, I’ll let other people worry about. But he’s doing stuff that I haven’t seen done for a long time. You start thinking about Ken Griffey Jr., Manny Ramirez when he went to the Dodgers, Barry Bonds … You’re talking about some of the greatest players to ever play this game. So, yeah, it’s probably a ‘head-scratcher’ because nobody knows who this guy is. And when he was here before, his body has changed. But, like I said, I’ll leave that to everyone else and we’re just gonna try to worry about how to pitch him better and get him out.”

Cubs starting pitcher John Lackey:

“You watch film on recent stuff and try to figure out a way, you know, to get him out. But I mean, really even the homer hit the other way, I mean, you don’t see that happen here very often. That’s kinda one of those things that makes you scratch your head.”

Maybe Lackey just threw him a bad pitch?:

SB Nation’s Grant Brisbee:

It’s not a tale as old as time, but it’s a tale as old as Mark McGwire’s career, roughly. Player comes out of nowhere to do something surprising, player is dirty. No trial, no evidence, just straight to conviction by suspicion, even though Thames was given a “random” urine test already. He is Brady Anderson, who was the first player in baseball history to have a shocking outlier of a season, other than the dozens and dozens of examples from previous decades. The thing is that we’ve been here before. We were just here. I was just writing this last year. This hot take shouldn’t be necessary. This is a response to an illogical opinion from 15 years ago that has never evolved. It remains an illogical and squicky opinion that would turn your stomach if it was used against players on your favorite team. So why do people still keep assuming that any surprising baseball player is on performance-enhancing drugs? Why are people so horrible?

Thames excellence:

What do MLB fans think:

What do you think? Are the Cubs out of line?

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