Clock ticking on struggling Jason Bay

Mets' slumping slugger sits out Sunday, says goal isn't to be 'just a 5 o'clock hitter'

Updated: June 8, 2011, 6:35 PM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Jason Bay says he doesn't believe his mechanics are the reason he's not hitting, and it's not the cavernous dimensions of Citi Field, or even the pressure of the four-year, $66 million contract he signed with the New York Mets. The truth is worse: The game is simply his problem, Bay said Sunday.

Lately, the Mets left fielder says, something just happens to him between batting practice and when the lights go up for real. He's not even sure if it's his mind or his swing or both ...

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