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In 0-for-23 slump, Jason Bay takes a seat

Jun 9, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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Just when it seemed like things couldn’t get any worse for Jason Bay in New York, he’s gone 0-for-20 without an RBI in six games this month. Hitless in 23 at-bats overall, he’s now down to .207/.307/.279 in 140 at-bats for the season.

Because Bay missed the first three weeks of the season with a strained oblique, he’s a little shy of qualifying for the batting title at the moment. However, if he did, he’d rank 164th of 171 players in average and 167th in slugging ahead of only Alcides Escobar, Chone Figgins, Miguel Tejada and Daric Barton.

The slump now likely qualifies as the worst of his career. He had a lousy second half of 2007 for the Pirates and finished that year at .247/.327/.418. Still, he hit 21 homers. In 2009, he had a terrible month and a half with the Red Sox, hitting .185 with three homers in a span of 124 at-bats.  But this one has outlasted that one.

The Mets would appear to have little choice other than to stick with him and hope for the best. Bay is owed another $35 million after this year and has a full no-trade clause. With the suspicion being that he’s never truly recovered from last season’s concussion, it’s hard to imagine any team taking on a substantial portion of that salary.

There’s also no obvious bad contract to try and pair him with. Maybe Figgins in Seattle, but Figgins is guaranteed a relatively paltry $17 million after this year. A healthy Bay would look like a great fit as a right-handed hitter to stick in between Joey Votto and Jay Bruce in Cincinnati, but it’s hard to imagine the Reds having interest with things as is.

The Mets will either have to keep playing Bay or make up an injury for him so that they can send him on a rehab assignment for a week or two. Tonight, though, it’s Jason Pridie in left field and Bay on the bench.

  1. purdueman - Jun 9, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    If you run into Jason going into a men’s room, be sure to tell him that if he uses my handle he’s guaranteed to get a good seat!!!

  2. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Jun 9, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    The Mets “brain trust” landed another great free agent.

    • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:17 PM

      I love how you put “brain trust” in quotes. That is the only way Mets and “brain trust” should ever go together.

    • bennyblanco1 - Jun 10, 2011 at 9:22 AM

      Come on. No one in baseball thought Bay would be this bad.

      The Mets may have overpaid which happens to some team every year. But for a guy to come off a pretty solid few years and play like this is impossible to predict.

    • thefalcon123 - Jun 10, 2011 at 10:59 AM

      Yeah, what kind of ‘tardos would sign an outfielder who had been in good health, hit 30 bombs a year and had an OPS of .895 or higher 6 out of 7 seasons?

      Sometimes, a good player just goes bad. They decline very quickly and early with very little warning sign, or they get hurt, or they just have a couple of bad years in a row. The Mets certainly deserved to be criticized for a lot of their moves, but I’d chalk this one up to bad luck more than anything else.

      • kingkillerstudios - Jun 10, 2011 at 1:54 PM

        The kind who play in a gigantic park, and did no research into how that might affect Bay’s numbers? Or into…anything else, like the possibility that his BOS numbers might have had a little post-trade bounce to them? Looking at a calendar and realizing that he was 31?

        I don’t really want to be right about this, but when you’re a Mets fan, being right is all you have, and I hated this signing from the jump. Beltran, that was bad luck. This is not that. This was a dumb signing.

      • bennyblanco1 - Jun 10, 2011 at 3:31 PM

        So Kingkiller, your saying that because a guy plays half of his games in a spacious park, his numbers at age 30 and 31 should be this bad? Do you even know what your saying? Research to find out that a guy with a career avg of 275 should drop off this much?

        And what was bad luck about Beltran? That he hurt his knee? Injuries happen. Or that he was one of the best CF’s in the game from 06-08. Yeah, real bad luck.

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