In the first inning of last night’s 5-2 win over the Phillies, Jason Bay hit his first home run of the season – a two run home run to the opposite field off of Cliff Lee.
He went 1-for-4 to raise his average to .174 for the year.
According to Kevin Kernan of the New York Post, Bay believes he is mechanically sound but his timing on pitches continues to be a problem.
“[The swing] there,” Bay said, according to Kernan. “But it’s not natural like it once was. It’s something I have to work on every day. The good news is that I’ve put so much time into this so when I get it right, it will be easier to keep.”
With that said, Kernan conjectures how long the Mets brass will remain patient with Bay and if he does not turn things around “they will not allow his option to kick in for 2014.”
Bay is in the third year of a four-year, $66 million contract he signed before the 2010 season. He has a $17 million option with a $3 million buyout for 2014 which will vest if he reaches 600 plate appearances in 2013 or reaches 500 plate appearances in both 2012 and 2013.