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More Mets Clear Waivers

According to a source referenced to by ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin Jason Bay, Chris Capuano, D.J. Carrasco, Willie Harris and Angel Pagan of the Mets have all been placed on and have cleared waivers (and as you already know, Chris Capuano cleared waivers as well). This does not mean that any of the the aforementioned players will be traded, but it leaves the door open for the Mets to move them to a contending team if the right offer is presented.

Since July 31st’s non-waiver trade deadline has already passed, the only way for any trades to be completed is if the players involved are first offered to each MLB club by being placed on waivers. If no team makes a claim for any of the players, the team trading the players can then offer each player to any of the other 29 MLB teams.

This is a smart move for the Mets because as of right now, no other players on the team are immovable other than the team cornerstones, David Wright and Jose Reyes. If GM Sandy Alderson is presented with the right offer for any of the players that cleared waivers, we could see a trade within the next two weeks.

What do you think? Will any Mets be moved this month?

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Bay Resting Hamstring

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN,

Jason Bay (hamstring tightness) is out of the lineup this afternoon. Manager Terry Collins had intimated Wednesday night that he was going to give Bay, who is 4 for his last 37 (.108), the day off.

Bay said he originally tweaked his hamstring Saturday, when he stepped on Ryan Howard‘s foot while running to first base during a victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Bay was lifted in the fourth inning of last night’s win.

After the game, Bay told the NY Post

“Terry was aware of it,” Bay said. “I kind of felt it was OK if I was jogging. I hit that ground ball to short and my first couple [of] steps, I could feel it. I kind of slowed down but there was something that kind of prevented me from really going and then there was a ball down the line my first couple steps again your first instinct is to go real quick, but I could feel it immediately. Not bad, but enough that I’m a little concerned that if I keep going at that pace something bad might happen.”

What else bad can happen to his season at this point?

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Bay May Be Benched

According to Metsblog’s Matthew Cerrone, Terry Collins suggested that Jason Bay could lose playing time to Scott Hairston — who has 4 hits in his last 6 at-bats while Bay in his last 35 at-bats is hitting .100 with 0 RBIs dipping his average to .234.

Bay commented to MLB.com on his recent struggles.

“If I’m in the lineup, I’m in the lineup. If I’m not, that’s not my decision to make. I kind of felt like before the break started, things started going well. Obviously I haven’t carried that momentum, but I’m still going out there trying to get that momentum that I had. … Imagine how frustrated the fans are – you think that I enjoy it? You think I enjoy what I’m doing out there? I’m more frustrated than anybody. But I’ve got to come back and do it every single day, and I can’t get too caught up in the frustration because I gotta come back and do it everyday. You gotta keep battling”

Collins is expected to speak with Bay prior to Monday’s game.

Is benching Bay the right move or should he be allowed to play through his struggles at the plate?

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Jason Bay Backs Me Up

Exactly one month ago, I proclaimed my optimism for Jason Bay.

At the time, Bay was hovering around the Mendoza Line, and looked completely dumbfounded at the plate.

A month later, Bay has boosted his average 40 points, is hitting an even .400 over the last seven days, and is looking completely in control of his situation while in the batter’s box. I’d go as far to say he’s in the early part of what we’ll later describe as a hot streak.

How did this happen? Who knows? Part of it had to be putting his hands over his ears and no longer listening to every suggestion thrown his way. Perhaps there was some adjustment he made to his stance or his timing mechanism. But a large part of it, I think, was regaining his confidence. Bay now knows he can hit, he’s not worried that something is wrong with his stance or his stride or some other detail.

To me, it appears that Bay is “back” and in the midst of one of his historical, monster hot streaks where he can put a team on his back and carry it. At the very least, he’s a solid cleanup-type hitter again. What do you think? Is Bay back for the duration? Or is this a temporary blip?

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