Chris Paddack hasn't made any friends among Mets fans this season.
The rivalry dates back to earlier this season, when Paddack voiced some displeasure about losing out on April's Rookie of the Month award to Pete Alonso. The right-hander went 5-1 with a 1.91 ERA, holding opposing hitters to a .126 batting average.
Still, Alonso took home the hardware for the first month of the season.
"Do you want to be Rookie of the Month or Rookie of the Year? We'll see who the top dog is," Paddack said before his first matchup with Alonso and the Mets. "I'm coming for him."
To Paddack's credit he backed that up, shutting the Mets out over 7.2 innings while striking out 11 on May 6.
The Mets got their second crack at Paddack on Tuesday night, and the Citi Field crowd got their first licks.
Paddack was booed on and off throughout the night, ultimately taking the loss while allowing two of Robinson Cano's three home runs.
"I knew coming into it that there was going to be a little bit of boos and all that stuff, but at the end of the day, if you let that stuff get to you, you're already beat," Paddack said after the game. "I thought I kind of did a good job of eliminating all the noise pregame and during the game. When you're so locked in like that, you don't really hear it.
"I heard 'Paddack sucks.' I use that as energy, kind of show them that Paddack doesn't suck. But that's part of the game that makes it fun, having that little rivalry, but they got me tonight."
And for those keeping track at home, Alonso went 0-1 off of Paddack with two walks.