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Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada has 6 errors in 13 games

Apr 18, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

Mets shortstop Tejada cannot field an RBI hit by Twins' Plouffe in Minneapolis Reuters

Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada has committed an MLB-high six errors, including four throwing errors, in 13 games. To put that in some context, eight teams have committed six or fewer total errors this season and if you take Tejada out of the mix the rest of the Mets have committed only four errors.

However, with no true backup shortstop on the roster and no great options at Triple-A the Mets have little choice but to stay patient with Tejada. Here’s what manager Terry Collins told Mike Puma of the New York Post about the situation:

I’ve seen this guy play too much, and I’ve never seen this–never. So had I seen this in the past at some time I may be concerned about it, but I’m just saying the conditions have been unfavorable for what’s going on here.

Collins is right that the weather has often not been favorable–although that hasn’t led to tons of errors by other Mets–and also right that Tejada hasn’t been error-prone in the past. In fact, last season he committed just 12 errors in 110 games at shortstop. Right now he’s on pace for 75.

  1. frenchysplatediscipline - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    And Ryan Zimmerman has 4 in his last 5 games…

  2. uyf1950 - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    WOW, and I thought Nunez was bad prior to this season. Well actually Nunez was bad it’s just this guy is a lot worse

    • bolweevils2 - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Well obviously, yes. If he maintained even half this error pace it would be horrible and they’d have to find a Plan B. But for 2011-2012 he was just about average in his error rating, and also just about average in UZR/150, so in the past he’s been far from terrible.

  3. bolweevils2 - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    It’s probably a combination of the weather, just bad luck that several errors came together, then that getting in his head causing more errors, and perhaps some flaw in his fielding technique at the moment. Aside from the errors, there were two plays Tuesday that caught my notice. One ball to his left that I was surprised he didn’t get to, and another routine ball just barely to his right that he fielded off to his right side instead of getting in front of it, which he seemingly had plenty of time to do. So maybe there is some sloppiness in there as a factor.

  4. mybrunoblog - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Quick, someone get Greg Jeffries on the phone. If we can’t find Jeffries We’ll take Luis Castillo.

  5. dalucks - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    If he does not have any more errors this season then 6 errors will not be bad at all.

  6. jaysjunkie - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Makes me feel a little better about Emilio Bonifacio’s fielding problems this season.

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