Watch: Mets, Cardinals Clear the Benches for Brawl After a Brushback Pitch

Players for the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals spilled out onto the field in a confrontation after batter Nolan Arenado was nearly struck by a pitch from Yoan López.

The chaotic scene unfolded Wednesday during a game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis after López threw a high and inside fastball that Arenado narrowly dodged. The ensuing skirmish appeared to be a boiling point for the Mets, who have been hit by pitches at the highest rate of any Major League Baseball (MLB) team this season.

A video of the incident shows Arenado shouting at López after the pitch. The video shows the umpire trying to restrain Arenado as both teams sprint onto the field and converge near home plate.

Earlier in the game, Mets batter J.D. Davis left during the eighth inning after being struck in the left foot by a pitch from Genesis Cabrera, reports ESPN. The hit was the 19th time a player for the Mets had been struck by a pitch this season. The Mets, who lost Wednesday's game, 10-5, now has the highest hit-by-pitch rate of any MLB team.

Speaking about the confrontation after the game, López said through an interpreter "that's baseball and that's going to happen."

"He got upset," said López. "At that point, I was happy because I got him out of his comfort zone and they took him out of the game because of it."

Mets manager Buck Showalter said he didn't think Arenado's reaction was out of line.

A day earlier, Mets player Pete Alonso was struck in the head by a pitch for the second time this season during another game with the Cardinals, reports northjersey.com. Mets players Dominic Smith and Starling Marte were also hit by pitches on Tuesday. On the league's Opening Day earlier this month, Alonso was left with a bloody lip during a game with the Washington Nationals.

"It's really uncomfortable at the end of the day," Marte told northjersey.com. "It's one of those things where whether it's intentional or not, it has to stop. We're tired of it and we're going to do something about it if it continues to happen. It is uncomfortable every single time you go out there and you're getting hit."

Mets and Cardinals Brawl
A bench-clearing confrontation resulted during a Wednesday game between the New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals. Paul Goldschmidt of the Cardinals is photographed attempting to restrain Tomas Nido of the Mets after the benches cleared in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri, on April 27, 2022. Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Mets player Chris Bassitt, in an interview with the New York Post, blamed the problem on the inconsistency with the baseballs used in the league, which he said is made worse in different climates.

"The MLB has a very big problem with the baseballs—they are bad," Bassitt told the paper after the Mets' 3-0 win over the Cardinals Tuesday. "Everyone knows it. Every pitcher in the league knows it. MLB doesn't give a damn about it. They don't care. We have told them our problems with them, they don't care."

However, Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas shot back telling the Belleville News-Democrat that he hasn't had the same problem with baseballs.

"It's not the ball's fault. Take some responsibility for your actions," he said.

Newsweek reached out to the MLB for comment.