Mets News: Gary Cohen eye roll, hitting approach, a tougher schedule

Mar 13, 2022; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets hitting coach Eric Chavez looks on as players
Mar 13, 2022; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets hitting coach Eric Chavez looks on as players / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

No, the New York Mets didn’t play last night. Rain washed out game two against the Detroit Tigers. Early on in the evening, well before the game was called and there was a game expected to take place, Gary Cohen was caught on camera a little too long for his liking.

Clocked at about 8 seconds, it took a heavy eye roll from Cohen to finally get the camera to shut off. It’s the kind of face we’ve all made at some point in our lives either at a colleague, our children, or a neighbor. Normally, there isn’t a camera rolling to capture it. Thank goodness we live in 2024 where every moment becomes legend and a mistake by someone else can help you become a meme.

Hitting coach Eric Chavez wants a more aggressive approach at the plate

Mets hitting coach Eric Chavez spoke about the team’s offensive woes and called out the team without throwing any individual under the bus. It was the correct approach. After all, there are so many slumpers in this lineup you’d have a tough time fitting them under an 18-wheeler.

Chavez is looking for more aggression from the players. Patience at the plate becomes moot when the opposing team is throwing strikes. All you’re doing is giving them a quick pass. You become predictable.

The Mets rank as one of the worst offensive teams this season with a few numbers skewed due to how few games they’ve played. As we have seen, the team is capable of hitting home runs which is a nice change of pace for them. The arrival of J.D. Martinez cannot come fast enough. Proposed as a teacher for younger players thanks to his experience, he can surely add to what Chavez is already coaching them to do.

The Mets schedule got a little harder this week

The off-day on Thursday is no more. Because MLB wants every team to play each other, we’re probably more likely to see things like this happen where teams stay in a city for an extra day to get the game in. The Mets and Tigers play each other only once this year. Asking Detroit to come back for one game later this season is a bit preposterous when they have a shared off-day on Thursday.

However, there are consequences. Following the unexpected off-day on April 2, the Mets will now play straight through until their next on April 18. This will come after their final 2 against the Tigers, 7 on the road against the Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves, and then three each versus the Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates.

After the off-day, the Mets fly out to California to play the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. Bear down. Have the taxi squad ready.