No, Jason Bay does not own Mark Buehrle. Bay owns a .155 batting average, and he owns up to his struggles. It is just that every now and then, notably when he faces Buehrle, the Mets’ leftfielder shows a flash of what his club had hoped it was getting.
Bay’s two-run shot to center Saturday was his first home run since Sept. 2, when he hit a grand slam against Buehrle. “Obviously, it’s been a very frustrating year for me, but I’m still trying to go out there and salvage some things and work on some things,” he said. “I have by no means given up.”
Terry Collins said what someone says whenever Bay has a solid moment: “You see that and you know it’s still there. It’s not like this guy has lost his strength, it’s not like he has lost his bat speed. He has not. That’s why we continue to search for answers. Great defender, great base runner, great power. All the things he came here [with] he still has. We’ve just got to figure out what’s causing the issue with getting some hits.”