This is getting ridiculous. Jason Bay is having a horrible start. I am not giving up on him so take it easy, but it’s time to let the guy sit down and clear his head. Have the guys take him out and get him smashed and take him to a gentleman’s club, whatever it takes to get this guy to relax.
I heard all about how Bay was a streaky hitter and that he does strikeout. I had no idea that he strikes out every other at bat (Ok so it’s not that bad – just 22 times in 62 at bats, or 35%). He is an empty bat in the heart of our lineup. Maybe if Wright was doing anything but either striking out or walking with his at bats we wouldn’t notice so much. After 14 games he is batting .235 while slugging an anemic .314. By comparison rickety Luis Castillo has more RBI’s (4 to 3) and is pulling in a slugging of .304. When you are barely out slugging Luis Castillo, you should not be batting cleanup.
Problem is, who does? Wright looks just as awful, and he seems even worse when it’s a clutch situation. Francouer would have been the easy answer a week ago, but ever since that 20 inning game he is like 1 for 20 or something crazy and is back to his free swinging self. I can’t believe I am going to say this but maybe bat Ike in the cleanup spot. Realistically it wont be much more pressure then he has now being the Mets savior and all, and at least he has a plan and takes quality at bats when he is up there. The problem is the Mets have far too many “streaky” hitters. They need to stop collecting these guys and start focusing on players that have a plan at the plate, have plate discipline, and get good at bats consistently.
Jason Bay just looks lost, so lets give the guy a day off and hope it can clear his head. Nothing else seems to be working.