If you look at Jason Bay's game logs from previous seasons, you'll see he's a typical hot-and-cold type of hitter. He'll have one or two stretches a season when he's one of the best sluggers in the game, and then he'll have stretches like we're seeing now.

For example...

Last year Bay posted a .359 average, .523 on-base percentage and .703 slugging percentage in his first 20 games of the season. But then he went into a massive slump, perhaps worse than the one you're seeing from him right now.

From April 29 to July 20, he hit .229 (60-for-262). While he still managed 15 doubles and 15 home runs during that down time, he also struck out 80 times in 70 games.

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Now, the good news: he still finished the season with very respectable numbers for a slugger -- 36 home runs along with a .384 OBP and .537 SLG.

So what you're seeing right now is simply part of the package the Mets paid for, for better or worse.