Call it a freefall, call it a fiasco, but the dog days of summer have tormented the New York Mets. In a grueling 13-game stretch against the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers that ended Thursday, New York went 2-11, winning just one game apiece against each team.
"Give me a break with this manager. If I was [owner] Steve Cohen, I would fire him right now," Gelb said during Thursday's edition of The Zach Gelb Show. "This team stinks. This team can't hit. It's the same thing over and over again. They get guys on base and can't drive them home... 'Oh, at least they tried, they gave it their all.' What the heck is this guy talking about?
"It's the same thing every night! But they learned a whole lot. 'They learned so much!' Fire him right now. And he's not even the biggest problem, but fire him after that nonsense. You think fans want to hear that bullcrap? Because that's bullcrap."
The Mets (61-66), which currently sit a season-high five games under .500, have been abysmal at the plate in 2021. Entering Thursday night, their offense ranked 29th in the league in batting average (.234), 29th in runs scored (471), 29th in hits (942), and 26th in home runs (130). To make matters even worse, New York is hitting a scant .196 with runners in scoring position, which ranks 27th in all of baseball.
According to FiveThirtyEight, the Mets are projected to finish the season with 79 wins. They have a 3-percent chance to reach the postseason, a 2-percent chance to win the NL East crown, and less than a 1-percent chance to win the World Series.
Gelb's complete thoughts on Rojas and the Mets can be accessed in the audio player above.