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.”