Not carrying a backup shortstop will haunt the Mets

Posted: April 20, 2013 in News, Opinion
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By Steven InmanimagesCADQ3WP8

The Mets for some reason elected not to carry a backup shortstop to start the year. The Mets had Omar Quintanilla in spring training but he didn’t impress and the Mets sent him down. Ruben Tejada has struggled both offensively and defensively and appeared to injure his ankle Friday night.

The Mets needed to carry a backup shortstop and should be searching the waiver wire for a backup shortstop. It shouldn’t be that hard to find a glove first middle infielder.

The Mets have Jordany Valdespin who has played shortstop in the minors but he struggled badly their last year and Terry Collins is reluctant to put him out there again. The Mets seem content with his work as an outfielder.

Justin Turner, 28, could play short in a pinch if needed but lacks the range needed to play there on a daily basis. He should only be the emergency shortstop.

The Mets need Ruben Tejada to pick it up defensively as he already has six errors and most importantly stay healthy because the Mets don’t have another shortstop option at the moment.

UPDATED 2:52 p.m. Ruben Tejada is not in today’s lineup. Justin Turner is leading off and playing shortstop vs. the Nationals.

  1. Michael Young says:

    Steve – You make an important point, however, in watching todat’s game on Fox it wasn’t not having a back up SS that hurt the mMets today. For today, Justin Turner got the job done but, I agree with you, Justin Turner at SS for a prolonged period of time if Ruben Tejada ever gets hurt, doesn’t work. Hor today, it was staring Jeremy Hefner starting, relieving Jeremy Hefner with Aaron Laffey and it was not being able to get Bryce Harper out or more importantly not being able to keep him inside the park in what were crucial at bats for the Mets. My conclusion is that it seems to me that Jeremy Hefner and Aaron Laffey would not be on any other MLB pitching staff if it weren’t for the Mets. Mike

  2. Steven Inman says:

    i don’t think not having a backup shortstop is going to cost the Mets right away, but over the first few months of the season I definitely think it will. Your right though Mike the Mets have much bigger problems. I think Hefner could be a decent longman but Laffey shouldnt be in the majors. If it makes you feel any better few have been able to get Bryce Harper out consistently, well except for Matt Harvey. Thanks for the comment Mike!

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