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Noah Syndergaard trolls Indians over ‘fringe’ playoff team tweet

Noah Syndergaard did not take kindly to the Cleveland Indians’ Twitter account making an unflattering jab at the New York Mets’ expense, and the ace let them have it after a sweep at Citi Field.

The Mets sent the Indians packing humbled by a three-game sweep thanks to Thursday’s 2-0 victory that included a lengthy rain delay — and an outstanding start by Syndergaard — before the game was called in the eighth inning.

During the on-and-off downpours, Syndergaard passed the time in the clubhouse by chirping at the Indians on Twitter, but what really raised the fireballer’s ire was a pregame tweet in which the Indians characterized the Mets as a “fringe postseason team.”

The tweet was intended to boost the spirits of the team’s frustrated fans, but Syndergaard — a known social media provocateur — was not impressed with the dismissive portrayal of the Mets.

The Indians’ slide in New York, which included a four-game split with the New York Yankees prior to being swept in three games by the Mets, meant the team lost ground in the AL Central. Cleveland now trails the Minnesota Twins by 3.5 games.

The Mets, meanwhile, are in the midst of a torrid stretch of winning baseball that has thrust them back into postseason contention after mostly being left for dead earlier in the season. Sitting at 67-60, the Mets find themselves back only 1.5 games in the NL Wild Card hunt.

So, while the tweet from the Indians that elicited the savage rebuttal from Syndergaard on Twitter was accurate in some respects to the Mets’ playoff prospects, the tone obviously did not sit well with the pitcher … and he let Cleveland social media have it in response.