During last night’s FOX broadcast of the Mets/Braves game, Kevin Burkhardt mentioned that Ruben Tejada had been slumping in September and looks tired and out of gas. That’s been the consensus lately by some of the beat writers in the last two days as well, but this decline by Tejada goes back much further than the last two weeks – it started right after the All Star Break.
You won’t find Tejada in today’s lineup as Terry Collins now gives him his third day off in the last four games. Collins took a shot at Tejada’s conditioning while he was at it.
“If this kid’s the future, he’s got to learn how exactly to take care of himself in the month of September during a long season,” he said.
Here’s a quick chart I put together this morning that shows the gradual decline of Ruben Tejada’s season from April until now.
In the last three weeks alone, Tejada’s batting average has30 points going from .320 on August 15 to .291 today after an 0-fer yesterday.
Tejada is batting .198 in his past 25