It has not been the season that the New York Mets had hoped for. Despite the 2023 campaign just reaching the halfway point, the outlook for them is grim in regard to the standings.
Frustration reached its boiling point with the fanbase over the weekend against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Mets dropped two out of three on the road and, on Sunday, it was the way that they lost. They allowed four runs in the eighth inning on just one hit, a hit that did not produce a run, and allowed 10 batters to come to the plate. They scored one run on an infield error, the New York walked in three runs in the 7-6 loss.
Manager Buck Showalter has come under criticism recently and that criticism got bigger after his bullpen decisions in the eighth inning. At 35-42, New York is 15.0 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League East and 8.0 games back in the wild card. Recently, team owner Steve Cohen said he was not going to “blow up” over his team’s terrible start, but that thinking may have changed.
“When things get really bad, I’m not going to blow up,” Cohen said. “I don’t think that’s the proper response. I don’t think it solves anything, other than it gives people a one-day story. But it doesn’t really solve anything. There’s plenty of blame to go around from a performance point of view. So blowing up, I’m not sure it solves anything. It would demonstrate, ‘Oh, he really cares. He’s one of us.’ But the reality is it’s not going to solve our problems. And I think in some ways it can be demotivating.”
Desperate times call for desperate measures and the time might come to make a move and the logical one would be to move on from Showalter. If they do, here are three possible replacements that could handle the New York media and fanbase.