Regarding Tejada: it's been an ugly 2-week stretch, but it's still 2 weeks, and for his career, he's handled the position solidly enough (about a league average defensive SS per UZR and DRS). He's been incredibly frustrating in the field this year, but I'm not terribly worried just yet. Also, he's swinging a lot less at pitches out of the strike zone this year and making more contact:
Career O-Swing%: 25.6
2013 O-Swing%: 20.7
Career Contact%: 85.7
2013 Contact%: 91.8
It's only 52 PA, but plate approach stats like that do stabilize pretty quickly. IF Tejada can keep up what he's doing at the plate (which has led to more walks and less strikeouts), he might be able to provide a decent amount of offense (league average or so) which would put less pressure on his defense. I'm not saying I would bet on any of this by any means, but it's at least a silver lining in what's been a tough couple of weeks for Ruben.
Regarding Gee: his velocity was back to where it was in his first start, where he failed to even hit 90 mph (again, he averaged
just under 91 mph last season). I can give Gee a pass given the frigid conditions, but I'm still concerned.
One last thing: unfortunately, we'll be getting another dose of Laffey on Saturday, which is why TC pulled him so early last night. Amazed that nobody in the organization can see how bad this guy is.
Edited by nmigliore, 17 April 2013 - 10:08 AM.