Throwing Rox: ‘I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or not’

Kris Bryant understands pitching inside, but he has an issue with the Rockies’ young pitchers having “no clue where it’s going.”

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Kris Bryant is taken out of the game by a Cubs trainer after being hit in the head by a pitch last year at Coors Field.

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LOS ANGELES — The night after sitting out the series finale in Colorado because his manager said he’d been “ball-peened” enough by the Rockies in recent days, Cubs star Kris Bryant said he felt fine.

He even had a homer against Clayton Kershaw during a 7-3 loss to the Dodgers to make his point Thursday night.

But Bryant still wasn’t fine with how many times the Rockies have hit him with pitches lately — twice Tuesday among five times in the teams’ last eight meetings.

“I don’t know if it’s just a coincidence or what,” he said. “Their catcher told me it’s not on purpose. I don’t think it’s on purpose. But, I mean, being hit five times in two or three years is quite a bit.”

That’s as many times as Bryant has been hit in 65 career games against the division-rival Reds — only two fewer times than the Cardinals have hit him in 74 games.

“If you’re going to go inside, and you’re going to call pitches up and in, do it with guys that know how to throw there,” said Bryant, who on Tuesday was hit twice by rookie Peter Lambert and last year was hit in the head by a second-year pitcher, German Marquez.

Marquez also hit him Monday. The other Rockies pitcher to hit him was then-rookie Jeff Hoffman in 2017.

“The ones that I’m getting hit on, they have no clue where it’s going,” he said. “They’re toward my head. That’s not safe. Last year I got hit almost in the face. It’s dangerous.’’

With Bryant out of the lineup Wednesday, Cubs lefty Cole Hamels appeared to get a pound of flesh back when he hit Rockies star Nolan Arenado on the forearm with a pitch.

Arenado left the game an inning later — after which, Hamels, the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo and the Rockies’ Tony Wolters all took turns getting drilled.

“It was carried on a little further than it should have been,” Bryant said. “I don’t know how Nolan’s doing. I hope he’s OK. It hit him in a tough spot. I’m doing fine.

“But we start throwing at each other and stuff like that, I don’t like seeing it. I don’t think there’s a need for that in baseball.”

Bryant understands when the players “police themselves,” he said.

“You get hit and then the other guy gets hit, and we’re done,’’ he said. ‘‘That’s how it should go. But it doesn’t need to get carried on the way it did [Wednesday].”

If the Cubs play the Rockies again this year, it will be in the playoffs.

As Arenado said: “It could be a pretty spicy series.”

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