Before the Mets and Yankees took the field Tuesday for the teams' respective games against the Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays, Marcus Stroman took to Twitter and appeared to throw a jab back at Brian Cashman.
After a wide-ranging Monday profile by Wallace Matthews of Yahoo! Sports tracing Cashman's job from 1998 to the franchise's pivotal 2019 season spilled into Tuesday, Stroman seemed to catch wind of comments made by the Yankees general manager about the Mets RHP.
Cashman told Wallace that the Yankees "were interested in Stroman" as they considered their options with starting pitching before the July 31 deadline, but ultimately did not trade for him because they "didn't think he would be a difference-maker."
Later in the afternoon Tuesday, Stroman took to Twitter and likely fired back when he published a tweet of him in a graphic showing his numbers on the year -- comparing statistics by the Yankees' starters -- with the caption "straight cash homie."
With the Mets, Stroman has started 10 games and logged 53.2 innings, pitching to the tune of a 3.86 ERA with 52 strikeouts and 22 walks while sporting a 3-2 record.
Nausea and dizziness shortened Stroman's latest start halfway into Sunday's 6-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out two and walking three, but the previous outing was his best since he arrived July 28 in New York's trade with the Toronto Blue Jays.
In the Mets' 6-1 victory against the Colorado Rockies last Tuesday, Stroman went 7.0 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts to one walk, scattering four hits on 96 pitches.
On the season, including 21 starts in the first half of the year with the Blue Jays, Stroman (9-13, 3.23 ERA) has been relatively solid while striking out 151 and walking 57 over 178.1 innings.
The Yankees, meanwhile, have come together behind the resurgence of LHP James Paxton (15-6, 3.73 ERA), who has won 10 straight starts since Aug. 2, and the return of ace RHP Luis Severino (1-0, 0.00 ERA), who has 13 strikeouts to two walks since last Tuesday.