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Mets owner Steve Cohen calls out ‘unproductive’ hitters after fifth straight loss puts team under .500

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Tuesday night, the New York Mets were unable to complete a comeback against the Giants bullpen (SF 3, NY 2), sending them to their fifth straight loss. The Mets fell to 59-60 on the season, the first time they’ve been under .500 since they were 12-13 on May 5, and they’re now 4 1/2 games behind the Braves in the NL East. It’s been a tough stretch, for sure.

The Mets are crashing largely because of their offense. They’re scoring only 3.78 runs per game this year, third fewest in baseball and better than only the very bad Pirates (3.59) and Rangers (3.75). Wednesday morning, owner Steve Cohen took to Twitter to call out his underperforming offense.

Once upon a time an owner would call up a friendly reporter and blast his team in the newspaper. Nowadays owners can cut out the middle man and do it themselves on Twitter. The only thing Cohen’s tweet is missing is a “First time, long time,” or a “I’ll hang up and listen.” It’s like a WFAN caller was put in charge of a baseball team. 

Also, let’s not overlook the irony of saying the “best teams have a more disciplined approach” three weeks after trading for Javier Báez. Báez is really good! But a disciplined hitter he most certainly is not. For what it’s worth, the Mets rank middle of the pack in walk rate and chase rate, so yeah, they could stand to be a little more disciplined. The club fired hitting coach Chili Davis in May and it has had little to no impact.

“We’ve all got to be held accountable for this team’s performance,” manager Luis Rojas told reporters, including The Athletic’s Tim Britton, when asked about Cohen’s tweet Wednesday. “… We’re all in this. It doesn’t single out one player, it doesn’t single out one coach. At the end of the day, we need to win games. We understand where he’s coming from.”  

The Mets are five games into a gauntlet 13-game stretch against the Giants and Dodgers, and they are 0-5 and have been outscored 32-17 in the five games. They’re 5-14 in their last 19 games and 24-34 in their last 58 games. There’s a lot of season left and the NL East is winnable. The Mets haven’t really given anyone reason to believe they can take a division that is there for the taking though.




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