Jason Bay has about a week to show something at the plate

In yesterday’s 6-3 loss to the Diamondbacks, Jason Bay went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Bay is now hitting .164 with five home runs and eight RBI in 110 at-bats over 33 games this season. He is just 4-for-35 with a home run, RBI, and three singles since returning from the disabled list on July 17.

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, a club source said Bay “probably has another week to try and show team brass something.”

Puma says if Bay does not start hitting, Mike Baxter, who is expected to rejoin the Mets tomorrow in San Francisco, would get the bulk of the playing time against right-handed pitchers.

“If you sit [Bay] down, it’s the same thing we talked about with not playing Ike Davis [when he was slumping],” Collins said after the game. “He’s just not going to get better [sitting on the bench]. It’s hard to do. He has not been able to get started because of the injuries, so we’ve got to get him started.”

Bay is just 2-for-27 with a home run, four RBI and ten strikeouts with runners in scoring position this season.

“You continue to watch him take batting practice and he continues to show you the power is still there,” Collins said. “Now it’s just a matter of making sure mechanically he gets his feet on the ground and he gets his hands in the correct position to attack the baseball.’’