Prior to Wednesday’s game two of the Mets series in New York, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was asked about pitchers throwing at hitters. The spark was the Tuesday brawl between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers, but the Cardinals have been involved in a number of hit-by-pitch incidents themselves.
As the following audio will clarify, Matheny’s biggest concern is targeting batters’ heads. Specifically he feels that when the catcher sets up for an up-and-in delivery, it indicates intent rather than an accident. He calls out one club the Cardinals play regularly as a particular offender.
One reason I posted this was a comment on another thread expressing concern about other teams targeting Cardinals hitters because of Matheny’s stance. I didn’t get that but others may. Listen and offer your thoughts below.
Link to audio: Mike Matheny speaks (2:58)