On-Base Perception

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Mets shortstops performing better than Yankees shortstops

Mets shortstops are offensively outperforming the group fielded

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One club has a soon-to-be-retired, soon-to-be-Hall-of-Famer manning shortstop. He's a perennial All-Star and five-time World Series champion with a plethora of awards and distinctions. We can all quote Derek Jeter's resume at this point.

The other team? A collection of players who have spent time shuttling between the minors and majors or have been teetering on the periphery of release (or...

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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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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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Mets' Ruben Tejada at a crossroads

Ruben Tejada reacts after his sixth-inning single against

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Ruben Tejada figured a turnaround might require just a bit more time.

Like many of the Mets, the hits had not been falling for Tejada, who believed he deserved better than a .183 average. After all, he had actually been making solid contact. His assertion had been backed up by publicly available metrics.

According to FanGraphs.com, Tejada boasts an abnormally high line-drive rate of...

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Report: Ruben Tejada weighing grievance against Mets

Ruben Tejada of the New York Mets pops

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Shortstop Ruben Tejada, who has fallen out of favor with the Mets, is reportedly considering a grievance against the club for intentionally delaying his free agency by one season.

According to a Yahoo! Sports report published on Sunday night, the potential grievance stems from the Mets' decision to delay Tejada's planned September call-up, a move that kept him one day short of earning enough...

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Mets reach out to Rafael Furcal -- but why?

Rafael Furcal is hit by a pitch with

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The Mets have reportedly checked in with free agent shortstop Rafael Furcal.

Which raises the question: Why?

Furcal was a good player from 2000-2010, generally posting solid-to-above-average fielding and offensive numbers. He was worth about 2-4 Wins Above Replacement each year (or more).

But the past three seasons, Furcal has been replacement level – or he hasn’t even...

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