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ST LOUIS, MO - APRIL 27: Paul Goldschmidt #46 of the St. Louis Cardinals attempts to restrain Tomas Nido #3 of the New York Mets after the benches cleared in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium on April 27, 2022 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

You had to know that this was coming sooner or later. After three days of building up tensions the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals decided to duke it out over hit batters. The fracas took place in the eighth inning with the game well in hand for the Cardinals who were up 10-5. Mets reliever Yoan Lopez buzzed a fastball past the ear of Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado who ducked out of the way.

Arenado started screaming at Lopez to come and get him leading both benches to clear in a scuffle that was put out as quickly as it started.

The Mets have been the victim of hit by pitches all season thus far. On Thursday afternoon J.D. Davis was the latest to get drilled — on the leg — which led to retaliation by the Mets against Arenado. Overall 19 Mets have been hit by a pitch. First baseman Pete Alonso has been hit twice in the head.

The Mets have raised issue with the baseball’s, which they claim is slipping out of the hands of pitchers. But the overall sense from the Mets is they are tired of getting hit. Check out some of the reactions below.

Even former Mets and Yankees legend Darryl Strawberry got into the mix telling the media that someone on the Mets needs to charge the mound.

“Come on, man, if they want to put a stop to their guys getting hit, somebody’s gotta charge the mound,” Strawberry told SNY. “I know the game is different now but at some point you have to let teams know that if they throw at you, they’re going to pay a price.”

Strawberry would know. The Mets teams from the 80s were involved in numerous fights throughout the 1980s, especially in 1986 when the Mets won the World Series.