Collins, fingers crossed, hopes Bay stays hot

Jason Bay

Jason Bay

#44 LF
New York Mets

2011 STATS

  • GM85
  • HR8

  • RBI40

  • R38

  • OBP.322

  • AVG.242

Jason Bay's season has been filled with stops and starts. Pseudo hot streaks followed by prolonged stretches without any production. But this time around, Terry Collins is hopeful that Bay can stay hot.

Bay carries an eight-game hitting streak into Sunday's game against the Braves. He has 13 hits in 32 at-bats (.406) during the streak and has 11 RBI in his last 12 games.

In a sign that his swing may be in the right place, Bay has seven extra-base hits in his last 11 games. He had just 11 in his first 73.

"When he gets hot, he stays hot for a while. When he gets cold he stays cold for a while. Hopefully, he just, he feels comfortable [and] he starts to get more consistent with his swing," Collins said before Sunday's game. "The way he's swinging the bat for the last two weeks, he's come through with some big hits for us."

Collins also said that he's pleased with adjustments Jose Reyes has made to correct a few flaws in his swing. Throughout the week, Reyes has spent extra time in the batting cage, often working with hitting coach Dave Hudgens, to corrects aspects of his swing that were causing him to lift the ball in the air.

Reyes, whose averaged has dropped from .352 to .337 over the last 12 games, went 0-for-4 on Friday night but hit two balls to left that were tracked down by speedy Atlanta outfielder Jose Costanza.

He had two hits on Saturday night and stole two bases.

"Jose's been swinging much, much better lately," Collins said.

NICK OF TIME: Collins said he decided to give Murphy a day off and start Nick Evans at first to give Evans some at-bats. The manager prefers to give minor-league call-ups regular work, when possible. He noted that it can be a tough adjustment to go from playing every day in the minors to a reserve role in the big leagues.