3) NY Mets villain: Noah Syndergaard
There might not be a better villain this year for the Mets than Noah Syndergaard. He’s a combination of Sewald and Strider. His connection with the team itself already made him a candidate. Add in everything that has happened between him and the Mets this year, he’s a nightmare ex-spouse.
Syndergaard’s villainous ways began by hinting that he’d return to the Mets on the qualifying offer only to sign with the Los Angeles Angels. It was understandable enough. That’s part of the business.
He officially turned heel when he mocked the Mets’ no-hitter. Only a few weeks later, he had his start pushed back against them. Clearly, he was on a path toward becoming a major enemy of the Mets.
Thor climbed the bad guy ladder when he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies at the deadline. Now back in the National League East and dodging the Mets in another start recently, we might even be able to claim he is the best Mets villain of the season.
Syndergaard was always kind of a baseball bad guy but you wouldn’t realize it if he played for your team. As a member of the Mets, he was brash and bold with his words and sometimes even his actions. We’re seeing the other side of it now, though. On a division rival and saying or doing all of the things to make it clear that he’s more villainous than a returning hero, we can only hope he remains on a team relevant to the Mets beyond 2022 just to keep the battle going.