Before Thursday's series finale at Citi Field, the Indians tweeted a message to their fans that also contained what some -- including a few Mets players -- saw as a dig at the Mets.
"We didn't erase an 11.5-game deficit to roll over. We split a series with one of the best teams in MLB at their home ballpark," part of the tweet said. "We lost the last 2 to a fringe postseason team."
It's a long season.- Cleveland Indians (@Indians) August 22, 2019
We didn't erase an 11.5-game deficit to roll over. We split a series with one of the best teams in MLB at their home ballpark. We lost the last 2 to a fringe postseason team.
We understand your frustration.
Get it out here, but let's renew the perspective. pic.twitter.com/qddlITqsjZ
The Mets technically are a "fringe postseason team," since they are 1.5 games back of the second Wild Card spot.
But the tweet could've been taken as a bit of a swipe at the Mets, and two of their players hit back at Cleveland after New York wrapped up their three-game sweep on Thursday night.
"We got some FRINGE for you right here, we call it a SWEEP in NYC. #LFGM," Noah Syndergaard tweeted while quote tweeting the Indians' original "fringe playoff team" tweet.
Marcus Stroman then quote tweeted Syndergaard to hammer home the point.
The most ironic part about all of this is that by getting swept at the hands of the Mets, the Indians fell out of playoff position in the American League and now trail the Rays by a half game for the second Wild Card spot.
That means the Indians are now, quite literally, a fringe postseason team.