NY Mets and St. Louis Cardinals hit with HBP Controversy:”The hits(Hit Batters) just keep on coming”

Mets, Cardinals brawl amid HBP controversy
from Zac Wassink, with YardBarker.com/www.yardbarker.com

The New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals probably won’t be sending each other Christmas cards anytime soon.

Less than 24 hours after New York right-hander Chris Bassitt publicly blasted MLB because three more Mets hitters were struck by pitches during Tuesday’s 3-0 win at St. Louis, Cardinals righty Miles Mikolas reportedly clapped back and said pitchers should “take some responsibility” rather than blame the alleged questionable quality of baseballs.

The two clubs met again on Wednesday with the Mets leading the league for batters hit by pitches this season with 18, and New York’s J.D. Davis was downed by a low 3-2 toss in the top of the eighth inning:

Not to be outdone, New York’s Yoan Lopez sent a message in the bottom half of the frame, one that wasn’t received all that well by St. Louis third baseman Nolan Arenado:

Additional replays showed that New York slugger Pete Alonso, who was drilled in the helmet on Tuesday evening, was pulled to the ground during the melee seemingly by Cardinals first-base coach Stubby Clapp:

The Cardinals won the game 10-5 after dropping the previous two matchups, but this series will long be remembered for reasons that have little to do with scorelines.

These teams will next face off on May 16 at Citi Field.