Last night Jason Bay snapped his 0-23 skid when he dunked a single in the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Later on in the game he hit a shot to center field that was caught, but at the time looked as if it had a chance to leave the park.
So far in his year and a half Mets career Jason Bay has been an enigma. When the Mets signed him before the 2010 season he was coming off one of his best years. He had 36 homers with the Red Sox , and hit for a high average. Last year in a injury shortened season, Bay only hit six homers. So far he has just one.
There are multiple reasons why this could be happening to Bay.
Has playing in the cavernous Citi Field gotten into his head ?
Has Jason Bay “peaked” at the age of 31 ? I mean he his reminding me of Shawn Green in the twilight of his career ( mostly a singles and doubles kind of hitter).
Or is Jason Bay playing injured ?
Out of all these scenarios I have to go with the last one. It is quite possible that the strained rib cage muscle never fully healed, and is nagging at him – or maybe this is something a bit more sinister.
Remember just after Bay signed with the Mets in the winter of 2010, Peter Gammons insinuated that the Red Sox were scared to re-sign Bay to such a big contract ( in terms of money and years) because they felt that both of his knees were shot.
If this is true then it can quite possibly explain Bay’s struggles at the plate when it comes to his power numbers.
To read Peter Gammons quotes check out the article from January 28th of last season by the NBC Sports “Hardball Talk” blog written by Aaron Gleeman by clicking here. It is worth the read and it might make you despise Omar Minaya a tad bit more.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Spot starter/middle reliever for the ’66 Mets, Gerry Arrigo is 70 (1941).
Reserve infielder from 87-’91, Keith Miller is 48 (1963) .
Reserve outfielder from the ’95 season, Damon Buford is 41 (1970).
The New York Mets signed free agent Tug McGraw on June 12, 1964. Tug would become one of the best relievers of his generation – and a Mets legend .
New York Mets traded starting pitcher, Rob Gardner and catcher, Johnny Stephenson to the Chicago Cubs for starting pitcher, Bob Hendley on June 12, 1967.
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed reserve outfielder, Danny Heep of the New York Mets as a free agent on June 12, 1987. It is a little known fact that Danny was the first designated hitter in Mets history. It came during the ’96 World Series against the Boston Red Sox .
The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder, Wayne Housie to the Milwaukee Brewers for middle reliever, Josias Manzanillo on June 12, 1993. Josias would go on to pitch four season with the Mets, going 4-4 with two saves and a E.R.A of 4.21 .
The New York Yankees claimed reserve outfielder, Darren Bragg of the New York Mets on waivers on June 12, 2001.
Mo Vaughn is lazy like a Sunday morning !