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Ruben Tejada had a horrid spring training, which, unfortunately for the Orange and Blue, has spilled over into games that matter.
After batting .096 in spring training with an on-base percentage of .210, what should a player do? Turn the page on the calendar to April, say "thank goodness that's over" and take advantage of a fresh start. Problem is, Ruben Tejada has hardly done that.
His stumbling block during spring training was hitting too many fly balls and ground balls instead of smacking line drives, according to Yardbarker. He's a solid contact hitter with potential for a breakout season with an average over .300. But, he won't get there unless he figures out that he's better off playing to his strengths.
Logging hits during the games on April 7 and 8 finally pushed his batting average above .200. At this point, on the whole, RotoChamp.com projects that Tejada will hit a little above .270 with an on-base percentage around .330. That's fairly run of the mill.
Struggles at the plate can wear on a player and lead to problems with the glove. Tejada is also having problems on defense; to his credit, he's not cheesing out by blaming the cold weather. He told Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger that he's just not making the plays that he should be making.