Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 11/15/14

The New York Mets won for the 7th time in their last 8 games today when they took down the Marlins by a score of 5-1.  With the victory the Mets regain a share of third place in the NL East as Chipper Jones helped the Braves to a walk-off victory against the Phillies.

To top it off, the Mets offensive hero on Sunday was none other than Jason Bay, who delivered a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning and recorded his fourth multi-hit game of the season.  When it comes to Bay, I don’t really know what to say, but I think our friend Jason Adamowicz of Midwestropolitan.com said it best today on Facebook:

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I know I’ve had some fun at Jason Bay’s expense. As a pro making 16 million a season and completely falling short, it comes with the territory.

That being said, I do have a great deal of respect for him. From all accounts I’ve read, he hasn’t let it change his work ethic. That’s pretty impressive.”

I’m really glad the team has taken Jason Bay out of a position where he can be looked at as a goat.  What the team gets from Bay now is like finding a couple extra bucks in your pocket after laundry, it’s nice because you just weren’t expecting it.  Today’s grand slam doesn’t change the exceedingly low expectations we have for Bay and anything short of a torrid stretch to end the season won’t change most fans outlook of him heading into next Spring.

As for the Mets as a whole, I know there’s nothing sexy about third place and I’m not big on ‘moral victories’, but it’s good to see the team still fighting and knocking around the overhyped Marlins feels good no matter the situation.  With 28 games left New York has a shot at getting back to .500.  While it’s frustrating that being mediocre seems to be the best we can hope for (again), it’s the goal the 2012 Mets and their fans have in front of them.

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