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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Latest in Jordany Valde-drama

By Adam Rubin

ST. LOUIS -- Terry Collins said Jordany Valdespin acted on his own when he had an ill-advised bunt attempt in the seventh inning Thursday.

Valdespin, batting with runners on the corners and one out and the Mets leading 4-1, ended up popping up in foul territory to catcher Yadier Molina on a bunt. The Mets ultimately stranded the bases loaded when Daniel Murphy subsequently walked and David Wright lined out to second base.

The play did not end up costing the Mets because they won, 5-2. But it's the type of fundamentally lacking play that costs teams in tight games.

Valdespin finished 1-for-5 while starting in right field for the second time this season.

He did have a two-out drag bunt in the third and scored the Mets' opening run when Murphy followed with a double. Collins suggested a two-out bunt isn't typical in that situation -- aiming for a double is optimal -- but it is at least acceptable for a player with speed like Valdespin who potentially could then steal to get into scoring position.