On-Base Perception

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Ruben Tejada to get second chance at shortstop

Ruben Tejada (11) reacts after he singled to

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WASHINGTON -- Ruben Tejada’s modest improvement over the last week has been enough to buy the embattled shortstop a second chance.

Even though prospect Wilmer Flores started on Saturday against the Nationals, Tejada will likely see the majority of the playing time at short, even after his struggles to start the year put his job in jeopardy.

“He’s getting to be the guy we know,” Mets...

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Jacob deGrom, Chase Whitley a 'hit' during Subway Series

Jacob deGrom of the Mets is congratulated on

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Yankees starting pitcher Chase Whitley singled for the Yankees in the third, and Mets starter Jacob deGrom singled in the bottom of the inning, breaking an 0-for-64 streak to start the season by Mets pitchers.

But by Whitley and deGrom singling, they combined to achieve another feat, becoming just the third pair of opposing pitchers to get a hit during the same Subway Series game.

Jon...

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Fantasy baseball: The Mets' closer situation

Jenrry Mejia looks on before a game against

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The Mets' closer role has been a mess since Bobby Parnell went down with a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his elbow on Opening Day after first suffering the blown save.

Since then, veterans Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth have both had a go at the role, but Terry Collins told reporters Tuesday that the ninth-inning man will be "kind of a game by game" situation. Now that the...

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Derek Jeter's lagging slugging percentage

Derek Jeter strikes out in the first inning

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Ruben Tejada is in trouble.

Last season he spent time in the minors and lost his job to Omar Quintanilla. This season, Wilmer Flores, a defensive liability, was supposedly called up to take his starting spot...but then Flores got sick.

So how about this nugget: The much-maligned Tejada has a higher slugging percentage at cavernous Citi Field than Derek Jeter has at comfy Yankee Stadium...

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Brian Roberts gets the double triple for Yankees

Brian Roberts is greeted in the dugout after

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LeBron James may be all about triple doubles, but Brian Roberts is Mr. Double Triple.

The second baseman tripled twice during the Yankees' 4-0 win over the Mets on Wednesday night. Both came against rookie pitcher Rafael Montero, one in the second inning, the other in the fourth.

It was the 24th time the Mets had an opponent hit two triples against them in the same game. Before Roberts,...

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Masahiro Tanaka a 'complete' pitcher for Yankees

The Yankees hold an introductory press conference for

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It was a virtuoso performance.

Masahiro Tanaka completely shut down a Mets lineup that had scored 21 runs during the previous two games, restoring order to the Yankees' universe. Tanaka allowed four hits (one double), walked none and struck out eight over nine scoreless innings.

It was the third complete game shutout in Subway Series history. Dave Mlicki tossed the first for the Mets...

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Mets pitchers not entirely unproductive at the plate

Mets' Bartolo Colon singles on a ground ball

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We get it: Mets pitchers don't have a hit yet.

But does that mean they've been unproductive?

One of the prevailing narratives surrounding the Mets during the early part of this season has revolved around Mets hurlers' almost inexplicable inability to manage even a single. They're 0-for-64 and counting, the lone National League team without a hit from their pitching staff. Among American...

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MLB debuts a rarity in Subway Series history...until now

Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom is photographed during photo

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When Rafael Montero steps on the mound at Citi Field to start Wednesday's Subway Series game for the Mets, he'll be just the sixth player on either team to make his MLB debut during the intra-city contest.

When Chase Whitley debuts as the Yankees starter on Thursday, he'll also join the club.

When Jacob deGrom debuts as the Mets' starter on Thursday, he will, too.

A Mets or Yankees...

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Chase Whitley has defied the odds for Yankees

Chase Whitley is slated to start for the

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Bryce Harper was selected with the first overall pick of the 2010 major league draft. In the 15th round, 475 picks total picks later, the Yankees selected righthander Chase Whitley.

When Whitley makes his expected MLB debut against the Mets on Thursday, it will be the culmination of an unlikely professional career. 

Whitley is on track to be just the 15th player selected in the...

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Rafael Montero: What to expect from the Mets prospect

Mets pitcher Rafael Montero looks on during spring

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Rafael Montero, one of the top pitching prospects in the Mets organization, makes his major league debut in a start against the Yankees on Wednesday night.

Here's what you can expect to see from the 6-foot righthander:

IN CONTROL

Montero's calling card is his excellent command. In 390 minor league innings, he's struck out 367 hitters and walked 85 -- a 4.32 strikeout to walk ratio.He's...

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