Jacob deGrom Noah Syndergaard
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The “New York Daily News” put forth a back-page cover photo that disturbed every fan of the New York Mets with Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard in Yankee pinstripes.

To go along with attention, clicks and an overwhelming sense of capturing the headline of the day, there’s no other word but “cruel” to describe what the New York Daily News did on Friday morning.

The News decided to stick it to every living, breathing New York Mets fan by placing both Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard in pinstripes on the back cover. And yes, we’re discussing Yankee Pinstripes (not the version the Mets portray running up-and-down the classic home whites).

What could Mets fans have possibly done to deserve this? Well, come to think of it, what have they ever done to deserve some of the cruel realities the baseball gods have dished out through the decades?

John Harper of the News is the writer of this particular column. He raises the topic that is the Mets considering dealing either deGrom, Syndergaard or both should the club not improve dramatically. Though the New York Yankees aren’t in the title, Harper surely brings it up considering the boatload of positional prospects in the Bronx.

And, of course, the editors made sure to feature it on the back page.

The Mets currently find themselves fourth in the NL East with a mediocre 21-19 record. While they’re only 3.5 games behind the divisional-leading Philadelphia Phillies, both the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals have surpassed them in recent weeks.

In terms of the Daily News riding that back-page power … job well done. Every New York Mets fan went bonkers upon checking those two beloved figures in Yankee home pinstripes.

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