Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Jason Bay Needs a Shrink

There is something wrong with Jason Bay. Something very, very wrong. While in a previous post someone commented that Bay is our real life version of Pedro Cerrano ("bats are afraid"), I honestly think it has less to do with hardware and more to do with the wiring in his head.

Please save all concussion jokes until the end, but Bay needs some help. His struggles are not about mechanics or needing more time in the cage. It is all about mental toughness. He's on an 0 for 20 streak right now and Bay is one step away from reaching Oliver Perez territory as far as his esteem among the Mets fan base. He is quite literally the worst left fielder in the National League.

To put this in perspective, Willie Harris is one home run and 2 RBI away from matching Bay's production. Ruben Tejada who couldn't break the Mendoza line last year looks like Stan Musial compared to Bay. Bay's performance has us longing for the power bats of Corey Sullivan and Jeremy Reed of the 2009 Mets.

Send Bay to a psychiatrist. Have him curl up in the fetal position on their coach and talk about how he's not loved enough or why his bat is betraying his trust. I don't care if they use voodoo, hypnotism or hold a seance. Something has to be done before Bay digs himself into the hole of the hated where Mets fans buried Ollie P, Castillo, Guillermo Mota and Armando Benitez.

Bay seems like a nice guy, but at this point I don't care. Something has to be done and riding the pines for an extended spell might be the best thing for the Mets to consider.

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