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Young is in the lineup for Thursday's series opener because the Mets are facing a southpaw, but he is hitting only .195. He also has not produced an extra-base hit in his last 16 games with an at-bat, one game shy of matching the longest drought of his career, in 2011. And Terry Collins offered no indication C.Y. would see much action against right-handed pitchers going forward.
"It's a little similar with the playing time and with the gaps in between at-bats that I've had from time to time," Young said pregame Thursday, contrasting this season with 2013 in Oakland. "Throughout my career I could probably think of one season where I started off hot. And the rest of the seasons I've had slow starts. I've had to work my way out of them throughout the year, and I was able to do that.
"The past couple of years the slow start is really a big disadvantage for me because you're on a shorter line [with a new club]. And when you start off slow, you don't have as much time given to you to be able to work out of it. So you need to find ways to make that transition happen faster. That's what I'm trying to do right now."