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Saturday, September 10, 2011
Mets notebook: Bay, Acosta and free tickets

By Matt Ehalt

It's like Jason Bay is in a time machine.

Since working on his swing in a video session with Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens last week, the left fielder has been hot at the plate. With that good fortune at the plate, Bay is being taken back to his days in Pittsburgh and Boston.

"It's not the final stamp that everything is said and done and everything is fine and dandy but I feel like 2004-to-2008 me, instead of the last year and most of this year," Bay said.

Bay continued his impressive hitting as of late with a 2-for-4 night against the Cubs in the Mets 5-4 win Friday night. Bay has now hit in eight straight games and is hitting .444 during that span, which would connect to the timing of his video sessions.

"We got to September and it was like what's done is done," Bay said. "We can really try to use this as a platform gong into next year and that was my main focus, just try to be as comfortable and try to be the old guy that I've been a couple years ago and gotten away from in hopes this would happen and going into the offseason, having a much better platform and a lot more positivity than wondering what I'm going to do in spring training next year."

Bay also had a big outfield assist in the fourth inning that saved a run at the plate and prevented the Cubs from taking a 4-0 lead at the time.

"Basically got hit and got rid of it as fast as I could and it was low and off-line but it was quick enough to give (Josh) Thole time to adjust," Bay said.

CLOSER: Mets manager Terry Collins used Manny Acosta as his closer Friday and it backfired as Acosta blew the save in the ninth, although Acosta hardly was hit hard. Collins said Acosta had been throwing great lately and it was not meant to put down his other reliever such as Bobby Parnell, who has closed games.

SPECIAL OFFER: The Mets are offering complimentary tickets to New York City First Responders and their families for the Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday and the game that night.