Originally posted on Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog  |  Last updated 10/7/11
Michael from Syosset says, “I talked to a few Mets fans yesterday about Jason Bay, and they all suggested trading him to the Red Sox for John Lackey. It’s an interesting idea. Do you think this could happen?” It has been difficult to watch Bay these past two seasons. It’s sad, actually. Through it all, though, he still left-handed pitching (.300 this season). Technically, his real problem has been hitting the ball to right field against right-handed pitching. He’s batting over .300 when he pulls the ball or hits it to center. This suggests to me that righties are pitching him away, like everyone has said, and, if he’s lucky enough to make contact (which, let’s be honest, he hasn’t been) it’s a weak ball that goes no place. To be fair, though, I didn’t realize how well Bay performed in September, since I was so focused on the season ending, Jose’s chase for a batting title, and studying younger players down the stretch: I’d happily take .280 and 25 home runs from Bay, if he could do it.
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