Saturday, June 14, 2014
Young addresses jeers after 4-K day
By Adam Rubin
NEW YORK -- Chris Young was the poster child for the Mets' offensive woes in a two-hit shutout by Jesse Hahn the San Diego Padres on Saturday at Citi Field.
Young went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts as his average swooned to .196. And Young heard about it from the Citi Field crowd that jeered him during the eventual 5-0 loss.
"You're out there busting your butt. You're trying to do your best," Young said. "As a player, that's all you can do. You can't control anything else. There's a lot of negative energy coming my way. You have to be a professional and continue to keep pushing and playing hard for this team. And you hope that some of it can turn that negative energy into positive energy to support us and help us fight through this."
Out of tricks: Terry Collins is at a loss for what to do about the Mets' lack of contact. The lowlight Saturday came in the fourth inning when Lucas Duda, Young and Matt den Dekker all struck out and the Mets left the bases loaded.
"I pretty much have exhausted all of the things I have heard that work," Collins said. "The main one is you've got to let the ball get to the plate and let it get deep in the strike zone. And therefore you've got to try to work the middle of the field. That is probably mentally the best approach you can take. Don't worry about hitting a homer. Think about making contact. Certainly we didn't do that."
Wheels off: Zack Wheeler, charged with four runs in five innings, was asked about whether he did not get a strike call against Hahn just before the opposing pitcher dropped an RBI bloop single into right field in the fourth inning.
"I had a lot of pitches that weren't called strikes," Wheeler said.
Still, after allowing four runs in five innings, Wheeler added: "You've just got to pitch through it. I left the ball up a little bit and they just hit balls where guys weren't today -- balls in the gaps, the bloop single. ... What really frustrates you is time after time them hitting balls where guys aren't. It starts with me. I've really got to get ahead of guys."
He's game: Curtis Granderson indicated he expects to return to the lineup Sunday after missing three starts with a left calf injury.