New York Mets: 2011 Season Predictions - Jason Bay, LF

Nicholas PuglieseContributor IIIMarch 26, 2011

NEW YORK - JULY 05:  Jason Bay #44 of the New York Mets connects on a first inning RBI single against the Cincinnati Reds on July 5, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Jason Bay | Left Field

Season Predictions
AVG percentage: .271
OBP percentage : .363
SLG percentage: .500
HR: 26
RBI: 87
SB: 14

2010 Numbers: .259 | .347 | .402 | 6 HR | 47 RBI | 10 SB (95 G)

162 Game Averages: .278 | .374 | .508 | 30 HR | 105 RBI | 12 SB

Jason Bay might have been the biggest disappointment in all of baseball in 2010. 

The concussion were not his fault, but even before that the six home runs in 95 games were not what the Mets expected when signing him to a big time contract.  I don't think anyone was more upset with the performance than Bay himself, who worked extremely hard over the winter adjusting his approach at the plate and was killing it this spring. 

Doubters will point out his spring last year was even better and he still "stunk" come regular season. However, in my opinion it was one of those seasons the player just really presses because of the new contract and struggles because he is trying to do too much, too quickly.

A quick look at Bay's career stats will show last year was most likely a fluke more than anything. Out of his seven seasons as a starter, last year was the only year he didn't hit at least 20 home runs and averaged about 30 home runs over that spanhe had never drove in less than 89 runs even on bad Pirates teams, and only one other time had a slugging percentage under .520 percent. 

The odds are Bay will return to form, and for the Mets chances, he is going to have to mash again.

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