Welcome to the off-season. Once again, since the Mets are not one of the ten participants in the post-season, it’s time instead for some post-mortem. In this new series, the Mets360 staff will take a look back at our pre-season previews and see how they played out. Just a fun little ongoing exercise to while away the days until mid-March, when the focus turns again to Port St. Lucie, hot rookies, veterans seeking rejuvenation and who’s “in the best shape of his life.” Today’s spotlight is on Ruben Tejada.
In a word: bad.
After two productive, albeit injury-shortened, seasons in 2011 and 2012, we here at Mets 360 thought that Ruben Tejada was going to build upon his past success in his age 23 season. It seemed like the biggest question mark surrounding Tejada was his ability to stay healthy, but other than that, he was the shortstop of the future.
Mets 360 writers were fairly optimistic that Tejada would stay healthy and continue to produce at a relatively high level: