The New York Mets were supposed to coast to a National League East crown in 2021.
That reality seemed to be holding true just a few weeks ago.
But fans are living in a bit of a nightmare currently as the team lost its fifth straight game Tuesday to fall to 59-60 on the year.
That has everyone upset, including owner Steve Cohen.
The billionaire bought the team from the Wilpon family and fans rejoiced.
This was someone more in-touch with how to win and he proved it by opening up his wallet and spending big.
A 59-60 record was not what anyone had in mind, including Cohen.
He even took to Twitter to diss his own team.
It’s hard to understand how professional hitters can be this unproductive.The best teams have a more disciplined approach.The slugging and OPS numbers don’t lie.
— Steven Cohen (@StevenACohen2) August 18, 2021
While he is right, this is some bizarre behavior from an MLB owner.
Money Can’t Buy Everything
Cohen is dissing his players, his manager, his coaches, and everyone responsible for the product on the field.
Do the Mets deserve the criticism?
Yes, they do.
Steve Cohen can do what he wants. He wants to show the fans that he’s frustrated too, but shouldn’t that be obvious? Direct whatever frustrations he has into the team’s offseason plans and give the front office the support and resources to change the mix and dynamic.
— D.J. Short (@djshort) August 18, 2021
But it is rare to see an owner say something like this, let alone on Twitter.
The weird thing here is Cohen seems to be talking about his team like they are robots he paid for.
MLB teams go through ups and downs over the course of a 162-game season and Cohen can’t comprehend the lack of production during one of the downs.
For anyone who doesn’t like Cohen or the Mets, his reaction is hilarious.
Him calling out the slugging and OPS numbers is funny as well because it is like he is trying to prove he has the proper knowledge on the matter of baseball.
Cohen did not come out and say anything drastic, however, fans have to be wondering if one year of failed expectations will lead to him making wild decisions.
Still In The Race
The Mets are certainly not dead yet.
The team enters play Wednesday one game under .500 at 59-60 in the weakest division in baseball.
That puts them only 4.5 games behind the division-leading Atlanta Braves.
The difference in the standings is because the Braves have won five straight and the Mets have dropped all five of their recent games.
Swings like this happen and the key now is to steady the ship.
Cohen must also remember his team is in the midst of a wild scheduling quirk where they exclusively play the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers for a span of two weeks.
MLB teams cannot make excuses, but this is an admittedly brutal stretch of play.
Series against the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins follow, which is when the Mets can make up some serious ground.
Cohen is confused, fans are mad, and everything about this is beginning to scream dysfunction for a team looking to change its narrative in 2021.