Adam Rubin of ESPN NY writes that Chris Young sees parallels between his subpar start last season with the Oakland Athletics, which resulted in reduced playing time, and his current status with the Mets.
“It’s a little similar with the playing time and with the gaps in between at-bats that I’ve had from time to time,” Young tells Rubin. “Throughout my career I could probably think of one season where I started off hot. And the rest of the seasons I’ve had slow starts. I’ve had to work my way out of them throughout the year, and I was able to do that.
Young continues, “The past couple of years the slow start is really a big disadvantage for me because you’re on a shorter line [with a new club]. And when you start off slow, you don’t have as much time given to you to be able to work out of it. So you need to find ways to make that transition happen faster. That’s what I’m trying to do right now.”
Young is hitting only .197 after a 1 for 4 game against the Marlins on Thursday night, with a strike out increasing his total to 41 on the season, ranking fourth on the team.