New York Mets veteran infielder Todd Frazier responds to Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jake Arrieta’s recent violent threat.
So far this season, there’s been some bad blood between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. In 12 games between the two National League East ballclubs, 12 Mets have been hit by Phillies pitchers. Yes, you could say it’s a bad coincidence, but how is anyone supposed to know or confirm that?
This past weekend, the Mets hosted the Phillies for a three-game series at Citi Field. It was the final series before the All-Star Break, which occurs from Monday to Wednesday of next week.
During Friday’s game, in which the Mets fell 7-2, infielder Todd Frazier was hit by a pitch. Then, on Saturday, Frazier was hit again, this time by Phillies right-handed pitcher Jake Arrieta. Frazier was then ejected for taunting both Arrieta and the home plate umpire Tripp Gibson.
After the Mets’ 6-5 victory on Saturday, Arrieta had some choice words for the Mets infielder.
“Frazier’s not happy about it, he can come see me,” Arrieta said, per Zach Braziller of the New York Post. “I’ll put a dent in his skull.”
It’s safe to say that the tension between these two organizations has now become even more heated.
Frazier then went on to say how his actions prior to the ejection were valid, per Braziller.
“I’m just sick of getting hit, especially by this team,” Frazier said before Sunday’s loss. “At the end of the day, [Arrieta] can say what he wants. A little overboard, but just got to keep playing. Hopefully some things change.”
“It probably wasn’t on purpose, I’ll be honest with you,” Frazier said. “But I’ve gotten hit too many times by the same team. My reactions were warranted.”
The Mets are heading into the All-Star Break with a record of 40-50, 13.5 games behind the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves.