Chris Young

Chris Young continues to struggle, has more K’s than hits

Mets OF Chris Young started in left field and struck out four times Saturday.

He is now batting .196 on the season with four HR, 15 RBI, a .283 OBP. He has more strikeouts (37) than hits (32) in 163 at bats.

“You’re out there busting your butt. You’re trying to do your best,” Young said, in response to being booed by fans at Citi Field during the game (ESPN, June 15). “As a player, that’s all you can do. You can’t control anything else. There’s a lot of negative energy coming my way. You have to be a professional and continue to keep pushing and playing hard.”

Sandy Alderson has said he signed Young to be insurance for Juan Lagares, while knowing could also play all three outfield position. He hoped Young could hit at least .240 with 15 home runs this season.

Young hit 32 home runs in 2007 and made the All-Star team in 2010. However, he struggled in a part-time role with the D-Backs and A’s the last two seasons.

“When you start your career like that, you set really high expectations,” a rival evaluator told columnist Andy Martino (Daily News, June 5). “I think he can be solid, but nothing like (he used to be). This game is hard. Sometimes they make adjustments to you, and you can’t make that next adjustment. That happened with him.”




312 comments
mesmo
mesmo

Lets make lemonade... Make sure to vote for Chris Young on your All Star Ballots. If we can stuff the ballot box with him, the rest of he country will get to see what he has to offer. The Mets will release him to escape the embarrassment.

A Pocono View_
A Pocono View_

they're not gonna release him,so send him down, He's getting paid a good buck, so sending to lv ,may help find himself there.

A Pocono View_
A Pocono View_

It's just another example of sandys' talaent/scouting teams inability to find good pos players. Obvious their pitching is good, but fail miserably in position players..

baseballnblues
baseballnblues

I  am sure he is a nice guy. I actually have empathy for him. However, he has to be benched right now.

Mark Phelan
Mark Phelan

I hate hearing about how hard these losers are trying!  Stop trying so hard and start doing!

baldy
baldy

If it was up to me, I would release CY and see if I could coax Jason Bay back.  What?  It's an upgrade.

metjetnet
metjetnet

>> “'You’re out there busting your butt. You’re trying to do your best,' Young said."

Sadly, what we've seen is that this IS CY doing his best.

What we've seen is what he's got.

DFA the man, and move on...

Jeffrey Miller
Jeffrey Miller

Like the country song..."Please RELEASE me, let me goooo....

Alec Wilson
Alec Wilson

Hang on he paid the guy 7.5 million to back up lagaris, what a load of pish, just admit you F***ed up and move on from the guy, only time he has hit was in spring training, get him away keep den decker and brown, they might actually improve. I don't think anyone thought this was a good signing at the time, well except Simple Sandy

rustysbat
rustysbat

Has officially replaced Collin Cowgill as the biggest disappointment of all of the Alderson signings.  

Frank Tangorra
Frank Tangorra

Chris Young is a disaster. More s strikeouts than hits is pathetic. Just cut ties with this bum already.

Marc Singleton
Marc Singleton

It's amazing that Alderson makes the money he makes and he apparently did not see this coming when he signed Young.

mesmo
mesmo

Does anyone know just how many at bats Young was promised, how many he currently has had and how many more we have to go through?

A countdown clock is needed, Cerrone.

Chris Gogatz
Chris Gogatz

Maybe grandson and ey can bring the energy up for this team but idk about that anymore

Re Dundant
Re Dundant

Another post to distract from the fact that the "face of the franchise" is making over 100 mil and batting 265 with no signs of life.

Anthony Vazquez
Anthony Vazquez

This is not CY's fault. He is what he is, and right now he's a bum. It's Alderson's fault for overvaluing him and giving him 6.5M more than he deserved. Bad bad bad move by the GM. The worst!

SandyRavage
SandyRavage

I'm not saying that David Wright is the problem when it comes to the Mets and their overall team woes at home ever since coming into the new ballpark ... but I'm really beginning to come to the conclusion that he's not going to be part of the solution. Since 2009 David Wright has had one really great stretch ... that was late April into May 2012 ... other than that he's been a soft .280 hitter at best when he's playing his best ball at CitiField. It is more than evident enough that the Captain does not like playing at home.


He sets the tone and that trickles down to the rest of the team - he doesn't like playing here. Even if he says he does and he tells himself he does, his body language tells you all you need to know ... guys like Chris Young (who was washed up anyway( are going to just gravitate to that 'woe is me' tone Wright has been setting. Wright's a tremendous player, and it pains me to say this, the team is never going to succeed with him on the team.


Wright can still be a star who has big seasons on another team, it's not going to happen here. The Mets really have to build teams similar to those Cardinals teams of the 80s ... speed and defense everywhere on the field and pitching, pitching and more pitching. Guys like Young, and even David Wright, are just not fit for this ballpark. It's not going to work.

Wayno
Wayno

Finally a lineup i agree with, but im starting to wonder if mets poll the fans to see what lineup they should try?? Hope they stick with this one till juan comes back

hankypanky
hankypanky

Anyone know how many more at-bats due CY in order for Alderson to make good his promise? We can enjoy the spectacle of a count-down on this blog if we keep score.

JasonMiles
JasonMiles

BTW-Changing Hitting instructors has just done wonders for the Mets. Another bonehead management decision

JasonMiles
JasonMiles

The mets are adrift and going nowhere. Lucas Duda,Young, EY and the other Triple A players need to go-The problem is there is no one to replace them with. I would love for it to be the middle of July on a beautiful night and see under 10,000 people at the park. Maybe That will send management a message. BTW I don't blame Chris young, He is who he is and I would have taken that money as well if they offered it to me. There were no guararntes how he would perform.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

A message can be sent that the team is something of a meritocracy if they dispose of CY.  It's June. How much longer does one wait?  The experiment was tried.  It was a bad move, but it happened. At some point, you have to admit it's a failure. He is partially here for a bit of power. He struggled in the last few years there.  Citifield is not where I'd come back for power. 

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

A Mets pitcher could have a NO HITTER and still lose the game. You can't have 5 of the 9 players in the line-up batting under .250..

kefhrny17
kefhrny17

I don't really see this "busting my butt" thing he's talking about. He looks more lackadaisical than most on this team. No hustle on the defense either. Where's the accountability Sandy? Young makes so much money to be so bad. This was a terrible signing.

zingzangzo
zingzangzo

We should've sent Chris Young shipping down to triple A ball 2 months ago Mr. Alderson if he can regain his money swing he had in his recent past. Wright needs to relax and swing like he's down there right now. Just back off the plate when it comes inside take the ball. Hit to the opposite field. Ask Keith how to do it!! He was the best at placing the ball for a crucial hit. I think David can be that type of hitter!!!! Let's Go David and the Met's!!

cbbruuno
cbbruuno

@rustysbat We got Cowgill for a non-prospect who is still playing at the same level as when we traded him (AA). Cowgill may have not worked out but let's not pretend like he was some serious prospect the Mets paid a lot for.

Vincent Santiago
Vincent Santiago

@Chris Gogatz Nothing says energy like two guys hitting under .250 at the top of your lineup and strike out at an obnoxious pace. 

vimets
vimets

The SA era has been a disaster for Mets fans but not for the Wilpons.

Olerud42
Olerud42

@Re Dundant Like it would matter if he were batting .400 with the rest of this roster.

Daniel Burnard
Daniel Burnard

@SandyRavage  Yes but since that time he also has been hit in the head and played almost a whole season with a broken back not to mention other things. Also in that time the opened a new stadium that kills most good hitters and with the worse dimensions for the guys they have on the team and the guys they signed. You don't sign a guy like granderson who hit 40 homeruns at a place with a 300 ft porch to right. The other problem for David is that they have had nobdy in front or behind him. You cant drive in guys or get good pitches with no lead off guys and ike davis and Jason bay behind you. I don't think he is a huge power guy but like Keith says if you drive in 100 runs it don't matter if its with 30 homeruns or 50 doubles. It all goes back to one thing the front office. A combination of the worse GM, Manager and Owners hands down..

1harris1
1harris1

They should be looking to stick with any lineup that works. No more nonsense about "promises" to guys masquerading as major league ballplayers.

TC is getting one of his favorites back tomorrow though, so I suspect this lineup will be short lived.

hankypanky
hankypanky

How was it a bone-head decision? The lynch mob wanted the old coach gone, and this guy was next in line from Vegas. He was the coach under Wonderful Wally.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

@JasonMiles . . . Sandy spent a lot of money on a wish. He could have re-signed Byrd for less and just maybe the team would be a .500 club, at this point.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@kefhrny17 Accountability is key -- unlike Travis being sent down, I also have my doubts there will be much shock or people on the team upset if he is let go.  He's no Ike Davis. 

Jeffrey Miller
Jeffrey Miller

@zingzangzo he has no options, can't go to AAA, besides, he's a one year contract, why would you take time from another player vice one who's "gone" soon anyway?s

mesmo
mesmo

I miss those days back in April when Chris Young had quad issues or whatever...

Mark Phelan
Mark Phelan

@Daniel Burnard @SandyRavage Is this Queen for a Day or a professional baseball team?  You probably have never heard of Charlton Whiley - a Mets pitcher, a very good one, in the 60's.  A line drive hit him in the jaw and he was never the same.  Did they keep sending him out there to start every 5th day?  No.


Wright does not have "IT".  Truth is he never did.  His Gold Glove was so much BS - we all know that.  Has he ever carried the team.  I say NO.


Signing Wright to the giant contract was a big mistake - perhaps the biggest after not trading Jose Reyes in his final - batting title, year with the Mets.

Marc Singleton
Marc Singleton

In reality, it doesn't matter whether Young is playing or not. With this team Alderson has built , who get trotted out there is not going to produce. Grandeson for f c k s sake was signed to bring a much needed power bat to the Mets. Where's he hitting today ?

1harris1
1harris1

I don't think It was Sandy's decision to fire Hudgens. That was Jeff Wilpon's call.

Firing the hitting coach wasn't going to change anything. No hitting coach is turning CY, Duda or Tejada into good major league hitters.

If the Wilpons want to know who is mostly responsible for this mess, all they need to do is buy a mirror.