Jon Jay, an outfielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks, has struggled at the plate in recent weeks.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are no stranger to big-time hitting slumps this year: John Ryan Murphy had an epic one recently while A.J. Pollock is just getting over one of his own. Arizona has another hitter in a mega slump, Jon Jay, which is even worse than normal because he regularly bats in the leadoff spot.
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Jay came over to the D-Backs in a midseason trade with Kansas City. After going hitless in his first few games, the speedy outfielder got settled into his new home. From June 12th to August 27th, Jay recorded a rock-solid .271 batting average with 15 extra-base hits. Also, he reached base 13 times during this stretch via hit-by-pitch. Jay, it should be noted, is a master at the art of getting plunked — he led the entire MLB in 2014 with 20 of them.
Since then, however, it’s been rough for Jon Jay.
In his last 10 games, he’s recorded just three hits in 32 plate appearances, good for a batting average of just .103. When hitting leadoff, he’s gone 2-for-25 during this stretch. The other at-bats came as a pinch-hitter.
Not surprisingly, Jay’s struggles have mirrored those of the team. Arizona recorded only three wins in their last 10 games and now find themselves 2.5 games back in the race for the NL West crown. Despite five hitless at-bats by Jay in the leadoff spot, Arizona won their most recent game over Colorado.
The D-Backs are now 3.5 games back in the NL Wild Card race as well.
Arizona will finish their road series against Colorado and then head to Houston for a three-game set.