Mets OF Chris Young hit a two-run home run, had another hit and raised his batting average to .205 in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
This past off season, after signing with the Mets, he told reporters his lack of production in 2013 with Oakland was mostly due to not playing every day, being out of the lineup and switching and learning new positions in the outfield.
However, these days, he says he understands why he isn’t in the starting lineup every game.
“It gets to a point where, as a player, you have to hold yourself accountable. You have to understand what’s going on around you,” he told reporters Wednesday (ESPN, May 30). “We’ve got to win ballgames. I trust that when I start feeling better, I start driving the ball more, it will be more consistent [playing time]. At some point you have to take the responsibility upon yourself and go out there and have quality at-bats.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Here’s what I don’t understand, Terry Collins says he solves platoons by ‘playing the hot hand,’ yet before Thursday’s game he said he would start Bobby Abreu on Friday, this being before Young’s strong game that night. So, now what? Does he sit Young, ‘the hot hand,’ or does he go back on starting Abreu? To play Abreu, it means moving Curtis Granderson out of position, and he better not sit Juan Lagares. I just don’t understand the point of announcing where position players will start in advance of that day’s game. I’d prefer to see him just settle on an outfield and roll with it, so they can trust one another and find a rhythm at the plate… and, if Terry is going to start Abreu or Eric Young Jr., don’t say it days in advance.