Ruben Tejada started at second base Wednesday, went hitless in two at-bats and saw his average dip to .167. He was removed in the bottom of the seventh for a pinch hitter and Luis Castillo played the final two innings at second.
Jerry Manuel is employing an odd division of the position. Call it Jerrymandering.
Castillo isn't hitting very much (.237), but wouldn't you rather see his bat if there's a flicker of post season hope (as the Mets keep saying)?
Baseball 101 for managers indicates going for defense in the later innings if the lead has been secured. That would suggest the initial at-bats going to Castillo, with Tejada then replacing him for defense.
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