Saturday, August 13, 2011
Bay on a roll in August
By Sarah Trotto
Jason Bay has yet to hit over .300 for a month this season. He hit .233 in May, .241 in June and .231 in July.
But he’s gotten on a roll in August. He’s batting .333 this month, and he’s 22 for 53 (.415) in his last 14 games.
“I went from completely lost to feeling as uncomfortable as you could possibly feel in the batter’s box and by no means does the stretch I’ve been on say that it’s all said and done,” Bay said. “There was a lot of thinking going on in the batter’s box.”
Bay went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a double in Friday’s 4-3 loss to the Diamondbacks, raising his average to .254.
“Before, I think I was a little too result-oriented,” he said. “You want to get the hits rather than just letting them happen. Once again, much easier said than done, but once you get on a little bit of a positive roll it’s easy to see that, and it’s easy to back off a little bit.”
MEMORIES: The Mets’ trip to Phoenix brought back memories of last season, when the club slid on the road against the Giants, Diamondbacks and Dodgers. Bay said he was remembering that. The Mets went 2-9 during that road trip in late July.
“This is a dangerous road trip,” Bay said. “We have played well on the road, but where we’re at in the season, it could be a defining road trip.”
MORE ON GEE: Dillon Gee said he could make strides from Friday’s outing. He had a rocky start -- allowing a run in the first and three runs in the second – but said he felt good in the later innings.
Dropping to 10-4 with a 4.07 ERA, he allowed four runs in five innings.
In the three-run second, he allowed an RBI double to Arizona starting pitcher Ian Kennedy. Gee said he was surprised by Kennedy, whom he thought was bunting.
“That was a big blow right there. That’s frustrating,” Gee said.
As for bouncing back in the later innings, Gee said he was throwing a good sinker, getting ground balls and early contact and pounding the strike zone.