On Wednesday, New York Mets manager Terry Collins told media representatives that he had given thought to move struggling cleanup hitter Jason Bay from his present position to the No. 2 spot in the batting order. On Thursday against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field, Bay made a convincing argument for Collins to carry on writing his name in the No. 4 spot of the lineup card.
Bay hit a pair of singles through the left side of the infield and parched a double down the left-field line to go 3-for-4 on the day -- his first 3 hit game since July 18 of past year.
"Jason Bay came here to be a run producer, and I think today hopefully builds up his confidence and gets him swinging the bat," Collins said.
Though Collins said after the game his thought of the lineup change was not severe enough for him to have spoken to Bay about it, there is no hesitation his left fielder's show has yet to meet the weighty anticipations that came with the 4 year, $66 million agreement he signed prior to the 2010 season.
"I am wholly aware of where I am at, it is not like I am attempting to sell something that is not there," Bay said. "The truth that he was thinking about trying to shake things up and help me out, great, but I am wholly aware of what's going on."
"I have felt relaxed for the past week or so," Bay said.