Jason Bay knew he was in no position to complain. When you haven't been part of the team for nearly five weeks and when he hasn't really hit all season — or in a Mets uniform, for that matter — Bay knew he had no rebuttal when manager Terry Collins pinch-hit for him in the ninth inning of last night's game against the Nationals.

So instead of getting one last chance to redeem himself, Bay only could turn cheerleader and watch Jordany Valdespin belt a dramatic three-run, pinch-hit homer that momentarily gave the Mets a 3-2 lead. Thanks to a faulty bullpen, the Mets wound up losing, 5-4, in 10 innings.