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Mets’ Jason Bay On Benching: ‘I’m A Realist’

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(credit: Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

(credit: Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Slumping outfielder Jason Bay was again held out of the starting lineup for the Mets’ 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday.

Bay is hitting .207 with two homers and 11 RBIs, including a 2-for-30 slide in June.

“I’m a realist,” said Bay. “I’m not playing that well. That’s the reality of it. Had I been up there hitting .500, I think I’d have a little more reason, have a little more say. This is just the way it is.”

Manager Terry Collins wouldn’t commit to Bay returning to the lineup on Wednesday.

“I can just see him trying so hard, so, so hard right now,” said Collins. “The only way I know to clear your mind is just to take a step back for a couple of days.”

Willie Harris started in left field and another left-handed hitter, Lucas Duda, is got the call at first base.

“With the way I’ve been going, I’m not really helping a lot out there,” said Bay. “Get some other guys, give them a chance.”

The Mets were also without third baseman Justin Turner, who is expected to miss a couple of days with swelling in his right hand. Turner says he hurt his hand when he was jammed at the plate.

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