I am ignoring last night’s game. Any game that involves the Mets getting duped on the little league double steal gets sealed in the “try not to think about this one” vault.
One thing good about injuries is young players get an opportunity to show if they are truly able to hang in the Show. Although I have never truly believed Ruben Tejada to be a legitimate long term solution at shortstop, I still read and heard comments from people talking about how this is his chance to show management what he can do.
Come on man. Ruben has played in 55 games and I am convinced the following is true:
He is a .250 hitter. We’re not talking Rey Ordonez hitting, so that’s a plus. But .250 isn’t exactly something to write home about. It would be somewhat acceptable if he was a gold glove caliber shortstop, but……
Ruben’s best fielding position is second base. Even though his “natural” position is shortstop, I feel he is better suited at second. I don’t have any statistics to back this up, it is solely based on watching him play both positions. It seems as though he rarely makes a mistake at second. At shortstop? Not so much.
I question his baseball awareness. I.E. Tejada makes too many mental mistakes, he doesn’t seem to have a good feel for the game. Case in point last night, when he inexplicably didn’t slide when he attempted to score from third on a tag play.
““I asked Ruben, I said, ‘What did Justin tell you to do?’ He said, ‘He told me to slide.’ So obviously he saw the signal….There’s some of those, just like Ruben’s play at home plate, that’s not accepted, I don’t care what level you’re at. I asked him, I said, ‘Why didn’t you slide?’ He just didn’t know. He just saw the catcher come off the plate and thought he could score.” -Terry Collins
This play reminds me of the move Office Space.
Peter Gibbons: I don’t like my job, and, uh, I don’t think I’m gonna go anymore.
Joanna: You’re just not gonna go?
Peter Gibbons: Yeah.
Joanna: Won’t you get fired?
Peter Gibbons: I don’t know, but I really don’t like it, and, uh, I’m not gonna go.
Maybe some of these mental blunders work themselves out in time for Ruben. The issue is, it doesn’t appear to me that there is enough time between now and opening day of 2012 to work through these issues.
So, for me, Ruben is not the answer. Just another reason why signing Jose Reyes in the off-season is vital.