Phillies' Jake Arrieta Rips Mets' Todd Frazier: 'I'll Put a Dent in His Skull'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 7, 2019

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 25: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Philadelphia Phillies walks to the dugout against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on June 25, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jake Arrieta had stern words for New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier following New York's 6-5 win Saturday night.

Tensions between the players reached a boiling point in the bottom of the fifth when Arrieta hit Frazier with a pitch. Frazier was visibly upset and argued with Arrieta as he walked down the first base line.


Tension rising in New York. Todd Frazier was hit by a Jake Arrieta pitch, and then ejected a few seconds later after he exchanged some words with Arrieta and umpires. https://t.co/6ht8SLYk2r

The Phillies right-hander addressed the situation after the game.


"Frazier's not happy about it he can come see me. I'll put a dent in his skull." Jake Arietta is a liiiiiiiittle mad about Todd Frazier being mad https://t.co/OEjy1zo8ZG

Arrieta was obviously frustrated with how the night unfolded, having allowed five earned runs on 11 hits in 4.1 innings.

The Mets know better than any team how high tensions can be in the clubhouse immediately after a tough loss. We're only two weeks removed from pitcher Jason Vargas and manager Mickey Callaway's altercation with a reporter.

But Arrieta's comments crossed the line, even if he ultimately has no intention of actually following through with his threat.

According to The Record's Justin Toscano, Frazier had already left Citi Field before reporters could ask him about his argument with Arrieta.

The Mets and Phillies wrap up their three-game series Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET.


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