Shortstop Ruben Tejada Has Been On A Downward Trend Since May
During last night’s FOX broadcast of the Mets/Braves game, Kevin Burkhardt mentioned that Ruben Tejada had been slumping in September and looks tired and out of gas. That’s been the consensus lately by some of the beat writers in the last two days as well, but this decline by Tejada goes back much further than the last two weeks – it started right after the All Star Break.
You won’t find Tejada in today’s lineup as Terry Collins now gives him his third day off in the last four games. Collins took a shot at Tejada’s conditioning while he was at it.
“If this kid’s the future, he’s got to learn how exactly to take care of himself in the month of September during a long season,” he said.
Here’s a quick chart I put together this morning that shows the gradual decline of Ruben Tejada’s season from April until now.
In the last three weeks alone, Tejada’s batting average has30 points going from .320 on August 15 to .291 today after an 0-fer yesterday.
Tejada is batting .198 in his past 25 games, and after a first half in which he batted .321/.385/.415 he has posted a slash of .269/.306/.332.in the second half.
The 22-year old has no power or speed to speak off, but wields a good glove. If this is just a case of fatigue in his first full season, it will correct itself next season and he’ll get stronger over time.
However if this is just a case of the league catching up to him and a belated sophomore slump, it will take some significant adjustments for him to come back next season and be effective enough to warrant an everyday job.
About the Author: Craig Lerner
I'm a data analyst and researcher for a leading news agency who loves life and is hooked on the Mets. I love following the Amateur Draft and have a particular fondness for the Mets Minor Leagues who I follow each day. Give me a cold beer, a summer day, and a Mets game, and I'm good to go.
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