Retaliation question facing Mets after multiple Nationals’ beaning's


Feeling forced to defend wrongdoing in the interest of supporting teammates sits somewhere near the top of Buck Showalter’s list of annoyances from 45 years in pro baseball. Showalter mentioned this pet peeve twice on the second day of his first regular season as Mets manager — once after Pete Alonso was left with swollen lips and a bloodied mouth in the opener and once more hours later, after Francisco Lindor needed X-rays and a concussion test. Both Mets stars were drilled with pitches near the face in back-to-back games, and it was clear entering Saturday’s series continuation where Showalter stood on Nationals’ pitchers throwing up and inside.