ST. LOUIS — The biggest surprise might be that it’s taken this long for the Mets and Cardinals to rumble.
There was a false alarm last night as Mets players dribbled out of the dugout and then stopped. But on Wednesday the emotions could not be held back so easily.
After Yoan Lopez fired an up-and-in pitch on his Mets debut Nolan Arenado in the eighth inning, the enraged Cardinals DH began jawing with his right hand, pushing Tomas Nido aside before heading to the mound.
banks emptied. A shove and a shove ensued, and Pete Alonso was jumped from behind by Stubby Clapp, the Cardinals first base coach. When order was restored, Arenado and Clapp were ejected.
After the Mets lost 5-10 to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, an enraged Alonso unleashed his anger at Clapp’s actions, yelling at reporters, “That’s the title of your damn article, ‘bitch,'” Alonso said.
This term refers to a “coward” according to the city’s dictionary. Alonso continued his venom towards the Cardinals after returning from his post-game shower.
When told Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol was defending Clapp and saying the takedown was justified, Alonso countered.
“If you want to hold me back, if you want to hold me back, approach me like a man,” Alonso said. “I totally get that because I’m a big strong guy and the manager obviously wants protection for his team and his staff and I totally get it and I’m a big strong guy. You don’t know my temper and what I can do. If I wanted to take someone to the hospital, I could do that with no problem, but I was just out there trying to protect my boys.”
Alonso, who was drilled in the head last night — one of five players hit by pitches that game (three were Mets) — questioned Arenado’s actions. Lopez’s up-and-in pitch occurred half an inning after J.D. Davis was hit with his left foot and forced out of the game.
“What happened today didn’t even make sense, that [pitch to Arenado] wasn’t even close and it’s something that started for no reason – it wasn’t even close,” Alonso said. “I know it’s a five-run ball game but we’re trying to come back. It didn’t make any sense to me.”
Lopez denied that Arenado had any intention on the field other than throwing a strike.
“I went in a little bit, but that’s part of the game,” Lopez said. “I kind of missed that, but that’s baseball.”
Buck Showalter wouldn’t directly answer the question of whether Arenado might be overreacting, but did note that Alonso was hit in the head the previous night and went to first base.
The Mets have been hit by 19 pitches this season, which is the most in MLB. Alonso (twice) and Francisco Lindor were both drilled above the neck and avoided serious injury.
“I’m not a pitcher, but I just can’t understand why I miss it so much,” Alonso said. “It’s not even close. I’m 6-3, I’m a big guy and I know guys get incentives to throw hard, throw up and all that, but I just don’t know why the misses are so bad.
“Big leagues that are the best in the world at what they do shouldn’t be missing from over the boys’ heads. No one should throw neckballs.”
On Tuesday, Chris Bassitt blamed the baseball players and laid the blame on league officials, saying “MLB doesn’t give a damn about the situation.” Showalter and general manager Billy Eppler raised concerns about MLB ahead of Wednesday’s game.
MLB responded to Bassitt’s comments.
“MLB always strives to protect hitters from dangerous playing fields,” a league spokesman said in a text message. “We closely analyze in-game trends and have active conversations with players and coaches to address concerns.
“Through April 26, league-wide statistics show that hit-by-pitch rates and wild pitch rates have decreased compared to previous seasons. Certainly a club [the Mets] was hit more than twice the league average in 2022, which we will continue to monitor.”
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