The time has come for Steve Cohen to make his biggest move as an owner of the New York Mets.
It’s time to hold everyone in the organization accountable for the Mets’ recent free-fall.
The Mets had a disastrous week this week, winning just one of seven games against divisional opponents. That has resulted in the Mets trailing the NL East by 2.5 games to the Philadelphia Phillies, just a week after leading the division by 2.5 games.
The Mets now find themselves third in the NL East for the first time since the season’s first week. Things are about as bad as they can get.
The offense has been abysmal. The Mets have lost nine of their last 11 games. In those 11 games, they’ve scored on average 2.72 runs per game; that is inexcusable with this lineup.
This past week, their team batting average was .189. In every offensive category, the Mets have been a disaster the last month or so. Injuries are no longer an excuse.
Terrible Pitching and Injury Bug BOTH Return
The pitching hasn’t been great recently either. The pitching staff that kept the club in first place for most of the year has started to falter. Jacob deGrom is injured and has yet to even start throwing. If they get him back by September, they’ll be lucky. Taijuan Walker has struggled since the All-Star break. Tylor Megill’s last two outings haven’t been great.
The bullpen hasn’t been stellar either. Edwin Diaz struggled mightily over the weekend, Jeurys Familia has had a couple of rough outings lately, and Seth Lugo does not look like the same pitcher in 2021 that he was in 2019.
Oh, and the injury bug has crept up again too. Trade deadline acquisition Javier Baez left Sunday’s 3-0 loss with an injury. The Mets say Baez is day-to-day, but they’ll know more on Monday. The depth behind Baez is terrible. Wilfredo Tovar, a 29-year-old career minor leaguer, will most likely take Baez’s spot on the roster. It is about the worst possible time for an injury to a key bat in the lineup to occur.
The biggest question now for Met fans is where do the Mets go from here? How do they get out of the rut they’re in? It’s not easy, especially since the trade deadline is over and there are not a ton of options to improve this team.
For the most part, they’re stuck with the roster they have; that’s why I think the obvious move is to start holding people accountable.
Heads Should Roll
Jobs should be on the line. In the front office, on the coaching staff, and certainly on the field. One of the biggest frustrations for a fan is when their team is losing, and the players and coaches on the team act like everything is fine. I understand that managers calling out their players is something that is long gone in this game. 3, but it would still be nice to see some accountability held for guys who have not performed.
I believe that starts by playing the hot hand. If you get a hit, you play. If you don’t hit, you don’t play. If you have bad at-bats, you sit. If you have good at-bats, you play. If you make an error in the field, you sit….You get my point. Hold the players accountable.
The coaching staff should be held accountable as well. I know many people feel that getting rid of certain coaches is not really an important move, but everyone needs to be held accountable for this. If your area of instruction is not performing, you are on notice. It doesn’t matter how long you have been there or who hired you. Make it known that what we see on the field is completely unacceptable, and if things don’t improve, that coach is gone.
The same should go for the front office. Again, the front office can’t really do much to improve the team now that the trade deadline has passed. They may be able to call up a player or two from the minor leagues, but that is a desperate move. However, most of the Mets problems though fall on the front office. They were the ones who constructed the team, and they’re the ones who pretty much sat on their hands at the deadline. Zack Scott and Sandy Alderson need to be held responsible for that.
Time to Hold Luis Rohas Accountable
Finally, it’s time to hold Manager Luis Rojas accountable as well. For the majority of the season, Rojas was considered a candidate for Manager of the Year. That is nowhere near the case anymore. Day in and day out, we watch a guy make excuses for his team and talk about how the team is a family. There seems to be no accountability for anyone and while we’ve seen Rojas get frustrated with umpires recently, rarely do you see him get frustrated with a player. However, perhaps the most important thing is we’ve seen him completely contradict himself on many things. It makes you question his communication inside the clubhouse.
It’s hard to say exactly what Rojas’ role is with the Mets, as with a lot of analytical-driven organizations, the front office takes a lot of power away from the manager. If Rojas’ job is to get the most out of his players when times are tough, he has completely failed at that recently. If he communicates with his players like he has the media the last couple of weeks, he’s completely failed at that part too. He needs to be on notice as well.
It’s time for Steve Cohen and the Mets organization to start holding people accountable. If they don’t, this will be the same old Mets and feel the same way it did with Fred and Jeff Wilpon running the team the last two decades.
Ask any Met fan; that’s the last thing they want to happen.
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