Mike Francesa believes Steve Cohen has egg on his face.
Speaking on his BetRivers podcast on Monday, after the Mets traded Max Scherzer to the Rangers but before they officially traded Justin Verlander to the Astros, Francesa broke down how this season’s crashing thud had to be a massive blow to the hedge fund titan’s ego.
“Remember, for a very, very rich man, who came in with a very big splash, who has an immense ego, and has known enormous success in the business world, this has got to have been a colossal embarrassment,” Francesa said.
“It’s such the case that he wants to banish his mistakes. This has become a colossal embarrassment for Cohen and the Mets. That’s why he doesn’t want to look at it anymore — because it’s become that kind of embarrassment.”
Francesa said that Mets fans might as well get an early start on the offseason.
“They’ve become a laughingstock,” he continued. “And now they’ve become even worse. For two months now, there is not a reason to pay attention to them.
“I never, ever would tell a fan not to buy a ticket to a team. It’s not my place. Anytime, anywhere, I wouldn’t do that. But I don’t see a lot of reasons to watch the Mets in August and September. Matter of fact, I don’t see any.”
The Mets enter Tuesday’s game 50-55, 17.5 games out of the NL East and six games out of the final wild card spot, and they haven’t won a playoff series since 2015.
The team had a payroll of $364 million this season, the most in the sport — $50 million more than the second-highest team, the Padres.
“They have been non-competitive for basically half a decade. The Mets and Yankees can’t live that way. There’s no way to operate that way in New York,” Francesa said.
“They have no intention of operating that way. I’m sure if you ask Cohen right now he’d say they’ll find a way to be competitive next year. They won’t with that pitching staff.”
Francesa said that Scherzer “will go down as an awful Met” and that “this season will go down with the likes of Bobby Bonilla and [Bret] Saberhagen and Vince Coleman and the years where the Mets brought in premium talent and it fizzled.”
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