This silliness got enough attention that MLB actually released a statement, saying it saw no evidence of misconduct.
gif uploaded to SoSH by ndame616 [Fox cuts away just as the spit flies]
I don't think anything worth mentioning is going on here.
The camera angle is inconclusive; you don't prepare to throw a spitball by actually spitting on the ball; and pitchf/x data showed the pitch after the supposed spitting had modest movement.
HalosHeaven breathlessly announces:
this is pretty conclusive evidence of why Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera is able to throw only one pitch that has unpredictable, yet precise movement.If that were the case, Rivera would have been caught for something so clumsy back in 1995.
The Angels could tie the series at 2-2 tonight. The team's fans should be concentrating on that (and inflating their Thunderstixx and picking lint off their stuffed animals), not stockpiling inane "reasons" to whine their heads off if LA loses the pennant.
*: Reading this post and the ensuing comments will likely lower your IQ by at least 15 points. You have been warned.