The New York Mets have had their fair share of problems this season, but the problem they had early on with the defense of shortstop Ruben Tejada seems to have been resolved. Tejada was atrocious in the field early in the month of April, committing six errors within the first two weeks of the season, after committing 12 errors all of last season. But judging by his more recent play, Tejada seems to have put those troubles behind him.
Ever since the Mets returned from their ice-cold road trip to Minneapolis and Denver, Tejada has been on point defensively, looking like the slick and sure-handed shortstop we’ve been accustomed to seeing since Tejada came to the big leagues. It may be due to the more moderate temperatures the Mets have played in the last few weeks, or it may be a renewed sense of confidence, but Tejada is once again playing at a high level, and giving the Mets the kind of defense at shortstop they were counting on at the start of the season.
As a result of Tejada’s improved play at shortstop, the Mets are one of the best in Major League Baseball at turning double plays, as he and second baseman Daniel Murphy have formed a great tandem up the middle, and have looked smooth turning two. Being able to turn double plays is critical for the Mets right now, as they need to keep games low scoring, and they need to do what they can to help out their pitchers, many of whom are struggling right now.
Although plenty of problems still exist for the Mets, knowing that Tejada has recovered from his early-season struggles in the field is a relief. With Tejada back to playing shortstop the way he’s capable of playing the position, the Mets have one of the best defensive infields in baseball, a quality the team has that should not be overlooked.