New York Mets
Is Jason Bay quietly breaking out of a season-long slump?
Bay collected two hits and scored two runs on Sunday to extend his hitting streak to five games.
He said afterward that he is seeing the ball well, which is half the battle in Bay's effort to bust out of a slump that’s left him with a .241 average through the first 32 games of his 2011 season.
The next step? Executing on a consistent basis.
Bay says that he earlier in the season developed a bad habit of not being ready in the box. Subsequently, he felt that his swing was starting late.
But Bay said on Sunday that in the last week to 10 days that he’s done a better job of getting everything started a bit earlier.
“I’m just trying to be consistently ready,” he said.
It’s certainly worked over the last five games. Bay is hitting .316 in his last 19 at-bats in that span. On Sunday, he laced two singles off of Phillies starter Vance Worely and scored two runs as the Mets scored eight overall in the first two frames.
Both of Bay’s hits came with two-outs, part of a franchise-record 13 two-out hits for the Mets on Sunday. They also had seven two-out RBI.
“It felt good to get some two-out hits,” Bay said.
It had to feel good for Bay to get hits, period.
After all, he'd been scuffling since coming off of the disabled list in late April with an oblique injury. And he's nowhere near out of the woods yet.
In addition to the paltry batting average, Bay has two home runs and nine RBIs. The left fielder had just six home runs last season, his first after signing a four-year, $66 million contract with the Mets.
But he’s starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Said Bay: “I have the right approach. It’s a matter of seeing it all the time.”