The New York Mets are having a bad season. The squad slipped below.500 for the first time since early May after losing five straight games. The team’s offense struggled even when things were going smoothly. The Mets are tied for 17th in baseball with a 93 wRC+, an advanced stat that gauges offense.
On Twitter, Mets owner Steve Cohen criticizes the team’s ‘unproductive’ batters
The offense has been nearly as productive as the Baltimore Orioles, who have a record of 38-80. Steve Cohen, the owner of the New York Mets, has seen those figures and isn’t pleased. On Twitter on Wednesday, Cohen chastised his “unproductive” batters for the team’s poor offensive performance. Cohen is correct in pointing out such figures. The Mets are 23rd in baseball with a.235 team batting average, 18th with a.313 on-base percentage, and 26th with a.380 slugging percentage. The offensive has been awful by practically every metric.
The problem is that it is Cohen’s responsibility to put a better team on the field. Cohen, as the team’s owner, is responsible for appointing the correct general manager, manager, coaches, and players. He’s already taken one step in that direction this season, dismissing hitting coach Chili Davis in May. The Mets’ offense didn’t get off to a good start as a result, and Cohen had until June and July to make upgrades to improve the unit’s performance. Javier Baez was the team’s only big-ticket offensive acquisition at the trade deadline. Prior to his injury, Baez had a.174 batting average in 10 games with the squad. Meanwhile, the New York Yankees made deals for Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo, despite being in a worse position than the Mets at the deadline. Rizzo was in good shape prior to contracting COVID-19. Gallo hasn’t hit for average yet with the Yankees, but he’s already blasted four home runs. These two changes appear to have given the Yankees a new lease on life. The squad is currently on a five-game winning streak and is tied for the American League’s wild-card spot.
Steve Cohen is gaining a lot of attention for his Twitter account.
Cohen’s participation on Twitter has sparked debate. Few club owners have active Twitter accounts, and those who do aren’t nearly as forthright as Cohen. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Cohen’s Twitter habits haven’t gotten him in trouble yet, though rival executives are occasionally awestruck by what he posts on the site. The clubhouse should be ruffled by Wednesday’s post, though it’s unlikely that any of the players will fire bullets directly at Cohen. However, as the team’s owner, he should be chastised for failing to put the Mets in a better position to win.
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