Mets' Bassitt: 'MLB has a very big problem with the baseballs'

Chris Bassitt pitched six strong innings, and the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 Tuesday night for their franchise-best sixth straight series win to start a season.

Associated Press

Apr 27, 2022, 4:05 PM

Updated 817 days ago

Share:

Mets' Bassitt: 'MLB has a very big problem with the baseballs'
Chris Bassitt pitched six strong innings, and the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 Tuesday night for their franchise-best sixth straight series win to start a season.
“Awesome,” Bassitt said about the Mets' early dominance, “We started fast, but I'm more excited about the last six series of the year rather than the first six.”
Bassitt (3-1) struck out six batters and allowed two hits and two walks. Drew Smith and Adam Ottavino combined to pitch two innings of scoreless relief before Edwin Díaz pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save in four opportunities.
“We had a good game plan going in,” Bassitt said. “Just mixing speeds, mixing locations, and did that well.”
But Bassitt is frustrated for and concerned about his teammates, who have now been plunked a major-league leading 18 times after Mets batters were hit three more times Tuesday night. The righty blamed the baseballs, which he says are “all different.”
"The MLB has a very big problem with the baseballs. They’re bad,” he said. “Everyone knows it. Every pitcher in the league knows it. They’re bad. They don’t care. MLB doesn’t give a damn about it. We’ve told them our problems with them and they don’t care.”
Cardinals starter Jordan Hicks hit Dominic Smith in the second and Pete Alonso was hit in the helmet by Kodi Whitley in the eighth inning, after which benches and bullpens started to clear. Both benches were warned, and tensions quickly fizzled down. Then Starling Marte was plunked by Aaron Brooks with the bases loaded in the ninth, leading to the final score.
Hicks (1-2) allowed two runs on two hits and two walks in two innings before being pulled in the top of the third inning after being struck on the right wrist by a Dominic Smith line drive in the second.
“It's the best I felt through two,” said Hicks, who left with a right wrist contusion. The X-rays were negative. “I have full faith that it would have been a really good outing today, and my stuff was sharp until that moment.”
Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said that Hicks threw in the batting cage and "felt pretty good about it, went back out there, and after a couple pitches it started tightening up more and more, and that's when obviously we took him out.”
Jeff McNeil doubled to right field to leadoff the third and scored on James McCann's ensuing double to the center field wall to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Marte greeted rookie relief pitcher Andre Pallante with a single down the left field line to drive in McCann and put the Mets up 2-0.
The Cardinals have lost three straight for the first time this season.


More from News 12
0:27
New York, New Jersey & Delaware sued for failing to protect endangered Atlantic sturgeon

New York, New Jersey & Delaware sued for failing to protect endangered Atlantic sturgeon

2:10
Mix of sun and clouds today with an occasional shower this afternoon

Mix of sun and clouds today with an occasional shower this afternoon

1:02
Headlines: New Rochelle stabbing, home burglary, New Rochelle man pleads guilty in Bronx shooting

Headlines: New Rochelle stabbing, home burglary, New Rochelle man pleads guilty in Bronx shooting

1:53
Special election being held in Yorktown to fill vacant town council seat

Special election being held in Yorktown to fill vacant town council seat

0:54
Jayne Street Bridge in Orange County gets $1.35M boost for restoration

Jayne Street Bridge in Orange County gets $1.35M boost for restoration

2:27
Made in the Hudson Valley: Hudson Beach Glass gives visitors the chance to become glassblowers themselves

Made in the Hudson Valley: Hudson Beach Glass gives visitors the chance to become glassblowers themselves

0:21
Eastchester police mourn loss of former officer Alex Bonci

Eastchester police mourn loss of former officer Alex Bonci

2:09
Hudson Valley congressman backs Vice President Kamala Harris for new presidential nominee

Hudson Valley congressman backs Vice President Kamala Harris for new presidential nominee

1:19
Bullet pierces through home in Middletown, police search for shooter

Bullet pierces through home in Middletown, police search for shooter

AP survey: Harris has enough delegate support to become the Democratic Party nominee

AP survey: Harris has enough delegate support to become the Democratic Party nominee

1:37
Food hall of the future comes to Larchmont

Food hall of the future comes to Larchmont

1:49
Cannabis dispensary license holders still blocked from opening in Port Jervis as council mulls zoning regs

Cannabis dispensary license holders still blocked from opening in Port Jervis as council mulls zoning regs

0:39
Rep. Ryan joins group of lawmakers seeking resignation of Secret Service director

Rep. Ryan joins group of lawmakers seeking resignation of Secret Service director

1:34
Lewisboro residents address concerns about green-energy provider program

Lewisboro residents address concerns about green-energy provider program

1:44
Nearly 2 dozen volunteer firefighters spend summer training

Nearly 2 dozen volunteer firefighters spend summer training

0:45
New York Blood Center issues urgent call for Type O blood donations

New York Blood Center issues urgent call for Type O blood donations

1:44
Rockland legislator, DNC delegate makes case for Harris nomination

Rockland legislator, DNC delegate makes case for Harris nomination

1:42
President Biden's decision not to seek reelection sparks mixed reactions in Hudson Valley

President Biden's decision not to seek reelection sparks mixed reactions in Hudson Valley

1:00
What happens to Biden's campaign funds?

What happens to Biden's campaign funds?

0:40
Yonkers police releases video from drone response program

Yonkers police releases video from drone response program