Tag: Quintanilla

Heyman: Tejada to DL

Well, it looks like the decision to keep Ruben Tejada on the major league roster or demote him to Triple-A just got a little easier.

Tejada injured his quad while sliding for a popup in the ninth inning of last night’s 9-4 victory over the Yankees.

Omar Quintanilla was pulled from last night’s Las Vegas 51s game, and will likely join the Mets today to replace Tejada on the roster.



Mets Short on Shortstops


Cecchini is still a few years away.

Cecchini is still a few years away.

Ruben Tejada has taken a big step back in his development this year. At times, he’s just been plain bad.

He’s hitting .209/.269/.264. He does have 10 doubles, which is good for second on the team, but that may speak more to the makeup of the roster than it does to Tejada’s extra base hitting ability. As a shortstop, a team will usually put up with a lack of offense as long as you play solid defense. But Tejada hasn’t done that.

He’s already made 8 errors (6 of them throwing) after making only 12 last year. A look at advanced fielding metrics, which is still somewhat of an inexact science, shows his rPM (Plus/Minus runs saved above average) at -7. I’m not going to pretend I know exactly how this is calculated, but it’s not good. His rPM last year was -3.

You don’t need a supercomputer to see how he’s struggled in the field, however.


Blog Roundup: Back to Earth

After a euphoric end to a 7-4 homestand, one that included 3 complete game shutouts and a no-hitter (!), the Mets have come back down to Earth.  They lost the first two games in The District to drop 2.5 games behind the first place Nationals.  Obviously affected by their close proximity to the federal government, the Mets have been playing no-so-smart baseball.  They’ve committed more errors than the Congressional Budget Office, and even messed up an appeal play to second base (everyone on the field was ready for it, but someone forgot to tell the pitcher, who threw home).

In fairness,  they are short 2 relievers, and they had a game started by a rehabbing Chris Young, and unproven Jeremy Hefner.  But a win tonight would do a lot for the team’s confidence as they head into a weekend series in the Bronx.  R.A. Dickey is on the hill, so one can’t help but feel hopeful.

But enough of this palaver – Blogs:

  • St. Lucie to Flushing did a tremendous job covering the Rule 4 First Year Player Draft this week.  Check out his analysis of all 41 players the Mets drafted.
  • Seedlings to Stars takes a good look at a former number one draft pick, the improving Matt Harvey.
  • LoHud Mets examines the parchment-paper thin depth at shortstop, a situation made even worse after a finger injury to Omar Quintanilla.
  • Metszilla basks in the awesomeness of Scott Hairston.
  • The Eddie Kranepool society is still “with 28,” despite some bumps in the road (“the road” being the infield dirt between home and second base)
  • ESPN Mets Blog says a DL decision on Jon Rauch is “looming.”  Looming like a 6′ 11″ shadow over the Mets bullpen.

Also looming – more news, opinion, and coverage of the Mets here on MetsToday.


Blog Roundup: Your Escape from Super Bowl Hype

Nothing too Earth-shattering happening in the world of the Mets.  Perhaps it’s better that way.  Whenever a big story breaks lately, it’s usually not good.  But if you’re ready to take a slight break from endless Super Bowl coverage to get caught up with the boys from Queens, then you’ve come to the right place.

Take it away, Blogs:

  • Rising Apple relays the news that Taylor Buchholz will sit out the 2012 season, while he continues his battle with severe depression.  We at Mets Today wish him the best of luck.
  • Mack’s Mets has an analysis of the new Mets’ infielder, Omar Quintanilla.
  • Tedquarters says the Mets may be unironically pursuing OF Rick Ankiel.  Well, it wouldn’t be the first time Ankiel helps the Mets.
  • Amazin’ Avenue goes into more detail about Ankiel’s meltdown against the Mets, plus all the beautiful video.
  • Adam Rubin reports that the Orioles have signed former Mets great, Ronny Paulino.
  • Mets Police shows off some pictures of the items on Citi Field’s new Delta Marketplace menu.

The Super Bowl can only mean one thing: baseball season is just around the corner.  And Mets Today has you covered like Corey Webster.