Jason Bay has struggled mightily since becoming a New York Met and with so much of this game being mental, I don’t see an end soon. Right now, Bay knows he is struggling and it is getting to his head making him play even worse. While watching him go 3 for 4 in the game last night something hit me. I think his problem is not Citi Field, is not an injury, however it is the National League that is getting to him. As I said, this game is mental, and Bay has it branded into his mind that he can’t hit off NL pitchers anymore since his trade to Boston. He can, and we all know he can, but right now he does not think he can. He still has the mindset, however that he can hit off AL pitchers since his trade to Boston. Last year, as a Met he hit 6 HR. His interleague numbers in 17 games last year were .327 with 3 home runs. To show this is not a fluke, so far in interleague play this year he is hitting .316 with 1 HR (almost 2). I think what he needs is a move to the American League, but since that won’t happen, all we can hope for is a new mindset.
Jason Bay was placed on the 15 day DL with a concussion today. Jesus Feliciano was called up to replace him on the roster. It’s not like he was hitting anyway so it’s not a big loss.
Jason Bay tweaked with his batting stance with Hojo before tonight’s game and obviously it worked out. When Bay was at bat he started off with his bat on his shoulder, sort of like Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers. After the pitch is thrown he lifted his bat up before swinging. His stance looked a little bit closed and he looked comfortable. I love the idea of keeping the bat on the shoulder before the swing because it helps keep the hitter back, and not ahead of the ball. Does this mark a turn around for Jason? I—and every other Mets fan—hope so.
(I’m trying to find a picture of the revised stance from tonight. Will add to this post if I track one down.)