New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is in a nasty defensive slump. In 13 games, Tejada has committed six errors—the majority of the mistakes coming from inaccurate throws—and the latest was on Tuesday night when he sailed the ball over Ike Davis’ head that led to two tying runs with two outs in the eighth inning of the Rockies’ extra inning comeback win.
This is a whole new thing for Tejada. In his brief tenure in the majors, the thing that the 23-year old was known for was his defense. However, that reliability has come under scrutiny recently. As the Mets’ shortstop, it is unacceptable to have these defensive struggles, especially this early on in the season and especially if he isn’t making it up with his bats. Just last year, in 110 starts at shortstop, he committed only 12 errors.
The Mets have very little choice, right now, at that spot. The team doesn’t have a legitimate backup on the 25-man roster. So what to do? Manager Terry Collins said it’s too early to be concerned about the shortstop’s defensive lapses, but how much more will Collins have to see before pulling the plug on Tejada and trying Justin Turner or Jordany Valdespin in that position.
For the Mets’ sake, let’s hope that Tejada shakes his slump off soon, or else more games like Tuesday night will happen and the losses will keep piling up.