Memorial Day is here and with that the New York Mets are now just about 1/3 of the way through this 2011 season. Enough time has passed where one can start getting a sense of where players are this season.
Having said that I have been trying to keep an open mind on Jason Bay and wanted to give him time to show me something especially since last year he got off to such a poor start before his season ending injury stopped him from possibly finishing the season on a high note. Sadly so far in 2011 he has not impressed and even with his recent surge hitting wise the one thing he still is falling short at is driving in runs.
I know many are of the opinion that Bay was signed to hit HR’s but while that may be true in my opinion what is more important was his ability to drive runs in. Something Bay is failing miserably at so far in 2011.
Coming into today Bay has all of 9 rbi’s this season. Among the leftfielders in the NL that lead their respective team with the most at bats at said position only the Pirates Jose Tabata has less with 8 rbi’s.
Among leftfielders Jason Bay so far is averaging 1 RBI every 15 Plate Appearances. The only player with a worse average is Jose Tabata with 1 RBI every 24.25 Plate Appearances. The best average belongs to Matt Holliday with 1 RBI every 5.65 Plate Appearances.
At $18,125,000 for this 2011 season Bay is giving the Mets a very poor return on their investment. In comparison the Washington Nationals Laynce Nix with 21 rbi’s is averaging 1 RBI every 5.81 Plate Appearances and is making $700,000 for this 2011 season.
There is still time of course for Bay to turn things around. You need only remember as far back as the 2008 season of Carlos Delgado to find a Met that had a huge turn around in a single season.
In 2008 Delgado through his 1st 75 games was hitting .229/BA .396/SLG 11/HR 35/RBI 36/R then in the 1st game of a day night doubleheader that had the Mets play the 1st game at Yankee stadium and the 2nd at Shea Delgado exploded with a 2/HR 9/RBI game that saw him hit over his last 84 games .308/BA .626/SLG 27/HR 80/RBI 60/R.
I don’t suggest Bay could match a Delgado like 2nd half but just that the idea he can rebound and salvage the season is not unprecedented and Bay who has a history of being a streaky player may still surprise us.
Still as of today Bay has much to prove and the whispers of his contract being up there with former Met Oliver Perez as the worst contract in Mets history are getting louder and louder with every passing day.