New York Mets fans and Noah Syndergaard have been trolling each other a lot this year.
Former New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard said in November that he did not want to deal with the “uncertainty” of the Mets in the 2022 season. At the time, they didn’t have a manager or a general manager and the MLB lockout was looming. That’s why he signed a one-year deal for $21 million this offseason with the Los Angeles Angels this past offseason.
Fast forward seven months and Syndergaard is with the Angels, who have had some uncertainty of their own, as they have lost 14 straight games, costing manager Joe Maddon his job after they lost 12 straight.
This weekend, Syndergaard was supposed to face the Mets at Angel Stadium on Sunday but, oddly enough, the Angels are not going to have him face his old team as they pushing his start back to next Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Why? Apparently, Syndergaard needs more rest, aka he and/or the Angels don’t want him to face his old team.
And Mets fans are trolling him for it.
New York Mets fans are trolling Noah Syndergaard for skipping his start
Noah Syndergaard (and/or the Angels) seemingly does not want to face his old teammates on the New York Mets.
Syndergaard is coming off of a good start against the Red Sox, when he went six innings, allowing just one run. However, he criticized his old team last month after his current teammate, Reid Detmers, through a no-hitter by himself.
The Mets threw a no-hitter just a few weeks before on April 29 but it was a combined no-hitter, which is not a “real” no-hitter, according to Syndergaard.
Since that comment and even with his good start against Boston, he has a 5.89 ERA.
For his recent outings and for skipping his start, Mets fans are trolling Syndergaard on Twitter, with one tweet even including Mr. Met (the Mets’ mascot) as Will Smith and Noah Syndergaard as Chris Rock (Syndergaard has expressed his disdain for Mr. Met many times before, including in May)
Syndergaard is 4-4 with a 3.69 ERA in nine starts with the Angels this year. His walk rate is right around where it has been in the past (1.9 BB/9) but his strikeout rate is nearly half of what it was in his best two seasons in the majors (5.8 K/9 in 2022 after it was 10.4 K/9 in 2015 and 2016).
Maybe Noah Syndergaard would like a do-over for his team choice this offseason, especially after the Mets now have the best record in the National League.