Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 7/30/12

Put ten New York Mets fans in one room and there are plenty of things they would debate when it comes to the Mets.   For example: Should the Mets have paid Jose Reyes?  Should they trade David Wright?  Is Daniel Murphy part of the long-term solution? Is this team heading in the right direction? Each of these questions, and many, many, more would stir some great conversation.  However, put 100 Mets fans in the same room and ask them if Jason Bay should start another game for the New York and I’m pretty positive all 100 would say No!

Maybe Mets fans will get their wish. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Jason Bay likely will have until the conclusion of this road trip to show the Mets he deserves to keep his everyday job.

A day after manager Terry Collins told The Post he is considering Mike Baxter for primary left-field duties, a club source yesterday said Bay probably has another week to try and show team brass something.”

According to Puma, Collins stated the following about the 33-year-old veteran:

“He’s just not going to get better [on the bench]. It’s hard to do. [Bay] has not been able to get started because of the injuries, so we’ve got to get him started. …You continue to watch him take batting practice and he continues to show you the power is still there. Now it’s just a matter of making sure mechanically he gets his feet on the ground and he gets his hands in the correct position to attack the baseball.’’

To be honest, it has become a joke that he is still starting, never mind giving him another week to prove his worth.  Seriously, he has been awful. Sure, he plays hard.  Sure, he seems like a great guy. But, at the end of the day, productivity is what matters most and he has not produced. Not just in 2012, but over his entire tenure as a Met. In 902 at-bats doning the blue and orange Jason has collected 23 homeruns while batting .241. Since his return from the disabled list on July 17th, Bay has hit just one homerun while collecting a dismal four hits.  Four lousy hits!  Think that is bad?  Over 113 2012 at-bats, the $68 million dollar man has just 18 hits.  Not a typo.  18. Just to throw it out there.  Washington Nationals rookie first baseman Anthony Rizzo has 35 hits, seven of which are homeruns, in 12 less at-bats. Or, as my MetsZilla mate Jay Robotham tweeted:

Jason Bay has exactly 18 more hits for the #Mets this year than I do. That’s still 3 less than Mike Baxter, who hasn’t played since June 1. about 13 hours ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite @metszilla metszilla

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