HOUSTON -- Edward Mujica is known for his accuracy. Entering Sunday, the reliever had hit only two batters with pitches in 179 games covering more than 233 innings. He's uncorked only five wild pitches and is usually around the strike zone, issuing an average of just under 1 1/2 walks per nine innings for his career.
Maybe it was just one of those freak things when his very first pitch to Houston's Bill Hall struck him in the buttocks. More than likely, though, it was not, that the pitch was earmarked for flesh in retaliation for Friday's collision at second when Hall took out Hanley Ramirez with a hard slide.
Mujica and the Marlins claimed the pitcher was simply throwing inside to Hall, per the scouting report. But home plate umpire Jim Joyce wasn't buying it and promptly gave Mujica the heave-ho.
Any thoughts? And if you believe Mujica was retaliating, do you believe it was the right thing to do considering what happened to Ramirez on Friday?