St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas hit back at Mets pitcher Chris Bassitt over his criticism of inconsistent MLB baseballs.
With so many batters hit by pitches this season, Chris Bassitt of the Mets blamed the quality of MLB’s baseballs this season saying the inconsistency has led to less control.
St. Louis’ Miles Mikolas doesn’t buy it.
Miles Mikolas claps back at Mets, Chris Bassitt: ‘Take some responsibility’
“It’s not the ball’s fault. Take some responsibility for your actions,” Mikolas said via Jeff Jones of the Belleville News.
Bassitt claimed pitchers across the league are struggling with the baseballs. Mikolas argued that pitchers who don’t like the feel of the ball they’re given should take action in the moment instead of risking hitting a batter.
“If you’re not comfortable with a ball, don’t throw it. If you toss back ten in a row, maybe that sends a message,” Mikolas said.
Five players in total were hit by pitches during Tuesday’s game between New York and St. Louis, including one by Bassitt.
When Mikolas started on Monday, he also hit a Mets batter with a pitch.
Whether or not pitchers take responsibility or MLB figures out what to do with the baseballs, something has to be done to lessen the number of HBPs this season. No one has been hit more than the Mets.