Willson Contreras led Major League Baseball with 14 hit-by-pitches last season. Over the past 11 games against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cubs catcher has been plunked six times. His frustrations boiled over in the bottom of the ninth inning last night when a Brad Boxberger fastball found his lead arm. Benches cleared and cooler tempers prevailed, as they usually do in these baseball donnybrooks.
Contreras took a 93-MPH heater to the dome on Monday night, so one can understand why he'd be so peeved. No one likes to get hit. One would have to search far and wide for a player who actively seeks out contact. Or, simply rewind the tape back a few innings to Contreras' at-bat in the sixth inning in which he tried to stick his arm into a pitch that was right over the heart of the plate.