Is Bay heating up?
June, 19, 2011
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
The much-maligned Mets left fielder had two hits and an RBI on Saturday to increase his hitting streak to four games. Over that span, Bay is 7-for-17 (.412).
"Obviously, I've been battling this whole time and over the last four games, I feel like I've finally got some momentum," Bay said. "Something to build on."
Bay has multiple hits in three of his past four games and is hitting .333 over his past seven. Terry Collins gave Bay three days off over the Mets' recent 10-game road trip to help him regain his stroke.
Did that help? If nothing else, it allowed Bay to breathe after his average dipped to .207.
"Was it a coincidence? I don’t know," Bay said. "It wasn't like I had an epiphany the second day. I think hindsight, you just kind of breathe a little bit and you get back out there and sometimes that's good."
On Saturday, Bay drove in Angel Pagan with a single in the fourth and singled again in the fifth. His average has jumped 14 points over the last four games to .228.
"I think Jason's (RBI) single loosened up the entire team," Collins said. "He got that hit and the energy on the bench, everyone was so excited for him. I thought that was the biggest hit of the game."
TURN IT UP: Justin Turner has 26 RBIs in his past 30 games after singling home a run in the fifth inning.
STARTING BLOCK: Over their past 23 games, dating back to May 26, Mets starters have posted a 2.46 ERA and tossed two complete games. The 2.46 ERA is the lowest in the majors over that span. They've also allowed three runs or less in 20 of the 23 starts. The Mets are 12-11 in that span.