The Mets were banged up in other ways Wednesday, too. Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo hurt his left quadriceps while stealing second base and left after the first inning. Left fielder Jeff McNeil banged up his right wrist against the chain-link fence in a failed attempt to catch Brosseau’s drive.
Canha was hit near the hip in the third and the ribs in the fifth. He has been hit a big league-high 24 times this year and tied Seattle's Ty France for last year's high with 27.
“I'm closer to the plate and I don't move,” Canha said. “We have a lot of good hitters, dangerous hitters, and you have to pitch good hitters in, and we tend to get hit a lot.”
A record 2,112 baters were hit last year, topping the 1,984 in 2019. Batters were hit 1,875 times entering Wednesday with two weeks remaining.
“Teams are having to try and figure out ways to get us out, and I guess that's part of the way, trying to pitching inside,” Nimmo said, “and so you’re going to get hit when that happens.”
Cincinnati pitchers have set a record with 99 hit batters this year, one more than last year's Chicago Cubs.
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