What’s the breaking point for cutting the cord on Ruben Tejada?

A few weeks back I penned a column lauding the decent start Ruben Tejada was off to. And as if it was a foreshadowing of things to come, Tejada has now gone into a miserable slump and is once again losing time to backup Omar Quintanilla. Tejada is now sporting a paltry .200/.324/.217 slash line [...]

Ruben Tejada making most of his opportunity

Although he ended the Mets furious rally against Craig Kimbrel and the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night with a strikeout, it’s time we put aside our prejudices and  applaud Ruben Tejada for providing solid play at shortstop out of the gate. Sure, Tejada is no world beater, but who said he had to be? It’s [...]

What will Ruben Tejada’s role with the Mets be?

While he is not lighting the world on fire in Las Vegas, eventually Ruben Tejada will be called backed up to the majors when rosters expand in September. From there, what kind of role can we expect of Tejada once he arrives? Obviously, nothing should be handed to Tejada, as he has been horrible from [...]

Ruben Tejada: Another struggling Met that needs a fire lit under him

Yeah, yeah, let’s talk about yet another struggling Mets’ regular. We have already discussed the struggles of Ike Davis, Lucas Duda and John Buck, so it’s time we focus on another staple of the Mets’ lineup in Ruben Tejada. In the early parts of the season, it was Tejada’s defense that had some fans nervous, [...]

Ruben Tejada’s struggles in the field are troubling

While we were worried about his hitting in Spring Training, the last thing we thought we’d have to worry about from Ruben Tejada was his defense. Well, after an abysmal start defensively, Tejada (six errors thus far) is causing a lot of headaches for a Mets’ team with little margin for error. Tejada has been [...]

Are Ruben Tejada’s spring struggles a reason for concern?

After going 0-3 in the Mets’ 6-2 exhibition win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night, Ruben Tejada is now batting .080 in Spring Training while also struggling to make consistent contact. At what first was a promising start when he hit a home run off the Nationals’ ace Stephen Strasburg in early preseason action, [...]

The baseball skills of Ruben Tejada and Jordany Valdespin

I ain’t an athlete lady, I’m a ballplayer.” That’s the famous quote from John Kruk, after a woman questioned his conditioning after seeing him drinking beer and smoking cigarettes at a restaurant during Spring Training one year. Kruk’s listed height and weight over at Baseball-Reference is 5’10, 170. The former is likely right, the latter [...]

“Little” guys Tejada, Cedeno and Torres making “big” contributions

Although small in stature, Ruben Tejada (5-11, 187), Ronny Cedeno (6-0, 190) and Andres Torres (5-9, 198) have all been making some big contributions of late and have played a key part in the Mets winning five out of their last nine games (after the team dropped 12 out of their last 13). These diminutive, [...]

Thole, Tejada and Bay can’t come back soon enough

As the Mets sit at 26-21, they are admirably exceeding expectations and staying afloat the standings in the cutthroat NL East. However, if they want to keep it up, they are going to need to ramp up their offense and the return of Josh Thole (concussion), Ruben Tejada (quad strain) and Jason Bay (fractured ribs) [...]