Let’s be honest, the “thumbs down” wouldn’t be a thing if the Mets hadn’t collapsed. The vitriol from fans and sensitivity of players ramped up because of their tumble down the standings.
On July 31, New York was 4.5 games ahead of the Phillies in the NL East. Less than a week later, on Aug. 6, Philadelphia took joint hold of first place. By Aug. 7, the Mets were out of the lead. Since then they’ve been as far behind as eight games.
Every team goes through adversity in a season, but a month-long collapse is unacceptable, especially since the team was arguably underachieving even before that.
Offensive struggles all season
Francisco Lindor was a stud with the Cleveland Indians. He arrived in New York and fell apart offensively. He’s not the only Met who has struggled to hit this season either. Aside from Pete Alonso, the lineup has been a mess.
No one is batting above .300. Only Alonso and Brandon Nimmo have an OPS above .800.
At some point, Rojas has to own his slumping batters. It’s his responsibility to put them in the best position to succeed. He hasn’t done that. If it was just one guy you could shrug it off. The fact that the team as a whole can’t seem to get their offense going shows it’s a problem at the top. The 40-year-old is in over his head.
What’s the next reason Rojas will give the Mets to fire him? Missing the playoffs is a big one.
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