May 13, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada (11) bats against the New York Yankees during a game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Why is Ruben Tejada still playing regularly?

When Wilmer Flores was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas after the Mets designated Omar Quintanilla for assignment, reports indicated that Flores was up to get a substantial look at shortstop in place of Ruben Tejada.

Flores started at shortstop on May 9 and May 10, right after he was promoted, and went 2 for 8 with a walk.

Shortly after, Flores got sick (with the virus that has been passing through the clubhouse) and needed a few days off.

According to Flores, he has been fine to play since May 14, but has appeared in just one of the five games since.

Ruben Tejada had a few good games over the last few weeks, and had been playing solid defense until making a few bad plays against the Nationals on Sunday.

For the most part, Ruben Tejada has been abysmal.

However, on May 17, Mets manager Terry Collins said that Tejada has been playing well and that he will get the majority of the playing time.

In the month of May, Tejada is hitting .125/.239/.175. Overall, Tejada is hitting .185/.302/.222.

Since re-taking his job from Flores, Tejada has gone 1 for 13.

There are three things here that are puzzling.

The first, is that Tejada is still playing regularly.

The second, is that Wilmer Flores, who was called up to play shortstop, is doing anything but.

The third, is that Terry Collins thinks a player who has a triple slash of .125/.239/.175 is playing well.

As has been noted many times, the Mets will very likely have to find a new shortstop externally. In the meantime, Wilmer Flores should be getting the extended look he was called up to get.


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  • Reese Kaplan

    The same article could have been written about Eric Young, Jr. continuing to get ABs with Juan Lagares and the rest of them fighting for playing time.

  • Robert Lucena

    The only reason I see why Tejada is still playing is because Flores is not doing good at short during practice/warm ups. If that’s the case, then Collins should state that.

  • jayc21

    because Collins is a dumbazz?

  • Ken Meoni

    Can we pleeeeeeeease get rid of Collins and his staff of idiots. I’m supposed to be enjoying the games.

    • Ju’Queveland “A’ight” Morris


  • MetsFanSantaMonica

    he is simply losing control of the situation – if he hasn’t already. He can’t settle on a lineup. He misuses his bullpen. He does not develop his younger players correctly. And a division that could seemingly be ours, is slipping away, once again.

  • Not4Nutten

    As Usual Danny you’re right on the money, but you can pretty much make an argument with any of our starters, including Captian K who refuses to get a hit when we need him! I really think the whole team is looking over it’s shoulder and until management cleans up it’s act, we will get results that will continue to linger like an un wanted snake in a sleeping bag!!! Terry is pretty much giving everybody including his pitchers, The Davis Treatment. Too Bad