Maybe if the batting average numbers didn't look so much like a supermodel's weight. Maybe if this whole situation hadn't been dragging on since, seemingly, the U.S. flag had 36 stars. Maybe then Jason Bay could have put up an argument.

But with the batting average at .157, Bay admitted Mets manager Terry Collins' decision to make him a platoon player in left — playing by "matchups" was the proper terminology — provided him little room for debate.

"This is not coming out of nowhere. I feel he gave me a lot of opportunities. Time missed with injuries aside, it's irrelevant. I should be doing better," Bay said after going 1-for-4 in the Mets' home losing streak reached one month and eight games after a 4-2 defeat against the Marlins last night.