Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 3/29/12

After being hit on the right forearm by a Stephen Strasburg pitch on Sunday, New York Mets outfielder Jason Bay was forced from the line-up and given a couple days off.  Yesterday he returned to action and proceeded to go 0-3, dropping his Grapefruit League average to .212.  What’s even more amazing to me is that Bay has failed to drive in a run in 33 at-bats this Spring, something that you would think might happen almost by accident while facing a collection of youngsters vying for roster spots.

Fans had hoped that after a strong finish to the 2011 season things might be different for the hardworking 33-year-old come 2012.  I mean here’s a guy who has hit his entire career prior to coming to Queens and put together a nice stretch of 18 games to cap off last season, but alas, things have not yet come together for Bay this Spring.

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I guess if history is any indication of what’s to come, the fact that Bay is struggling this Spring may actually be a good sign.  The 9-year veteran has had two of the best Springs of his career after signing his 4-year/$66 million contract with New York (.340 avg in 2010 and .333 avg. in 2011) but followed up those performances with arguably the two worst regular seasons of his career.  On the other hand, Bay hit just .227 in the Spring prior to his lucrative career year with Boston back in 2009 (.267 avg, 36 home runs, 119 RBI, 103 runs).

Now you might say that such a theory is ridiculous and suggest that I’m grabbing at straws, to which I can only reply, you’re absolutely right.  But when it comes to Jason Bay, summoning hope from the most unlikely of theories is all that’s left, because his performance, unfortunately, continues to lend nothing to that end.

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