Jason Bay was hitless in six at bats last night, with four strike outs.
Following last night’s game, a perplexed Jerry Manuel told reporters:
“I am somewhat surprised. I really thought this was a good opportunity to kind of get away from the pressures and anxiety that he kind of has when we’re in New York. I thought getting out here on the West Coast he would exhale and take off. I’m really somewhat baffled at the struggles that he’s having right now. I still feel that he has enough season left to put together a good streak.”
Bay is on pace to hit roughly .260 this season, with just 10 HR, around 75 RBI, 30 or so doubles and a .350 OBP, despite playing in 150 games and earning $16 million for the year.
He told the Daily News that he has earned a C or a C-plus for his performance this season, noting, “Obviously, it can be better… It hasn’t been terrible, but it hasn’t been historically what I have done, and I understand that.”
Man, baseball is fascinating.
How can a rookie, like Ike Davis, with ZERO major-league experience and all of 23 years old, have twice as many home runs than Bay, considering his prolific track record.
The thing is, I can forgive his first 330 at bats, if he would just turn it around tonight.
Seriously, as a fan, I really don’t care about overall performance.
Because, in the end, I just want the team to win.
There were many, many times this season when, while Bay was struggling, his teammates picked him up: Davis had huge hits, while Bay struggled; David Wright and Jose Reyes were on fire, while Bay struggled; Angel Pagan has done nothing but deliver, while Bay has struggled.
And so, I am less disappointed in Bay’s April, May and June, and more disappointed in his right now. His teammates are now struggling, and he’s still nowhere to be found.