This was meant to be the start of a thrilling new era for the New York Mets. Steve Cohen, a lifetime Mets fan and billionaire hedge fund manager, bought the organization from the Wilpons, who were completely unfit to run a major-league operation, over the winter, and expressed his ambition to turn the franchise into an East Coast version of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Why there’s enough of blame to go around when it comes to the Mets’ quick August fall
During his initial press conference in November, Cohen declared, “I like what the Dodgers are doing.” “That’s one squad that seems to have no trouble making a name for itself in the types of places where I’d like to do the same.” The gap between the Mets and Dodgers could not be any wider after the last ten days. In the last ten days, the Dodgers have defeated the Mets six times in seven games, outscoring them 35-23. In the seven games, New York led after only 12 of 65 innings. One squad is a contender for the World Series, while the other talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk. The Mets have dropped 15 of their last 21 games, falling out of first place in the NL East. They’re ten games into a season-defining 13-game homestand against the Dodgers and Giants, and they’ve already failed miserably (2-8 in the 10 games).
Take a look at the standings on August 1st and the standings on August 1st. The Mets’ postseason odds have dropped from 56.0 percent on Aug. 1 to 1.6 percent on Aug. 23, according to SportsLine. FanGraphs’ rating is significantly worse. This month, they have the team’s postseason odds dropping from 67.2 percent to 3.8 percent. In any case, it’s a massive — and disappointing — collapse in a short amount of time. “It’s extremely frustrating because we were in first place a few weeks ago and feeling really good about things,” Brandon Nimmo told reporters over the weekend, including Mike Puma of the New York Post. “We were aware that a difficult stretch was ahead, but we were confident in our abilities. This has not been an easy task.” A second-half collapse like this necessitates a concerted effort from the entire team.
Actually, it was a comprehensive organization effort. It’s not simply the players, coaches, or front office that are to blame. Everyone has a part to play, including Cohen, who recently criticized his failing offense. Yes, the offensive has struggled. This season, the Mets have scored only 3.78 runs per game, the second fewest in MLB, and they appear to be allergic to hitting with the bases loaded (.204/.307/.301). There are several perpetrators. When healthy, Francisco Lindor has disappointed, and Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil, and Dominic Smith, in particular, have not been near to their former selves. “That message has been repeated throughout the year. All year, we haven’t really hit. I haven’t given any performances. It’s something I haven’t done yet. In the end, I haven’t accomplished what I came here to do on the offensive side “When asked about Cohen’s tweet, Lindor stated. “They are unable to communicate with me, in their defense.
They can’t talk to me either, because they’re baserunning. But, if you want to be insulting, go ahead and criticize me. Whatever you want to say. You are correct. You’ll be OK. I’m right there with them. I haven’t given any performances.” There’s also a misalignment between Cohen’s remarks and the team’s actions. He stated that the “top teams have a more disciplined approach,” which is correct, but it has only been a month since the Mets acquired Javier Báez, one of baseball’s most undisciplined batters. Báez, as outstanding as he is in all other aspects of the game, is not the player you want if you value discipline. The game is played by the players. Coaches, front office personnel, and the owner are unable to swing a bat or throw a pitch for them. I believe the players bear the majority of the blame for the collapse, but there is a whiff of Wilpon-era stupidity in the air as well. We could blame it on Cohen’s lack of experience managing a baseball team rather than a hedge fund, but that isn’t an excuse.
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