We’re living in what should be a golden era of New York Mets baseball. The results haven’t quite felt that way. In the post-Wilponian age, the only true positive has been how much hope there suddenly is. We can thank Steve Cohen for this. More often than not, he delivers.
Cohen becoming majority owner of the Mets completely shifted power in the league. His huge bankroll and apparent willingness to push boundaries for a winning ball club make them favorites for any big time free agent. They’ve landed some. Missed on others. Completely passed on another category of superstar.
For the most part, fans remain optimistic despite the end result. Hope is one thing, but the most important place to look is with the team’s record. Two out of three years have ended without a trip to the postseason which isn’t great. What about the overall record in the regular season? How are the Mets doing there overall?
The Mets have a 253-233 record since Steve Cohen took over as the majority owner
Twenty games over .500, excluding the 1-2 playoff record, isn’t so bad all things considered. If only those 101 wins in 2022 were shared elsewhere. Unfortunately, we reset the standings each season.
It definitely doesn’t feel like the Mets have played this good of baseball. Twenty games over .500 in a single year would be 91-71. The math is a little deceptive. They’re averaging only 84.3 wins per season which wouldn’t always land them in the postseason. Maybe it’s because in sports we tend to double the “games over .500” from what they actually are. Semantics.
Regular season wins won’t be what fans rally around. It’s how they finish. The Mets had a semi-collapse in 2021. In 2022, it was more about them disappearing for a short series at home. Last year was the first time in the Cohen era where we saw them actually sell at the trade deadline. A long August followed by an even more forgettable September is how they ended things.
The Mets can finish 71-91 in 2024 and have a .500 record during the Cohen regime. How realistic is it for them to do this? Well, winning just 75 last year in a season where they had championship aspirations makes it seem within reach.
It feels like the Mets owe us a season of overachieving.