2) NY Mets villain: Spencer Strider
This is a big one. Spencer Strider calling the Mets lucky after they beat him will make for a memorable journey for however long he stays with the Atlanta Braves. The rookie starter is going to face the Mets plenty in the coming years. This isn’t a case of Chris Paddack feuding with Pete Alonso and everyone basically ignoring it because he has fallen off while Alonso has continued to thrive. Strider, as a member of the Braves, is potentially the next great villain on their ball club.
You have to love it regardless of which side you fall on. Braves talking trash about the Mets. Mets players beating them on the field. It’s what makes this one of the best rivalries in the game. We just don’t get to experience it that much because usually it’s Atlanta running away from New York. And in the days when the Mets have been at their best recently, the Braves weren’t so good.
Strider’s rise this season comes at a perfect time. He was pushed right into the pennant race to face off against a Mets team that has been superior for the entire season.
Finally, Strider gets extra villain points for his mustache. He gives off Snidely Whiplash vibes.
Teammate Vaughn Grissom is a late entrant who could very well get added to this list.