MIAMI -- While the Mets' past at shortstop was in the opposing dugout at Marlins Park, manager Terry Collins was pleased with the team's present at the position.
Ruben Tejada, in his first full season taking over for Jose Reyes at shortstop, has been impressive for the Mets.
"He's done tremendous," Collins said. "He's played tremendous. We all knew he was going to be a solid defender, but I'm not sure we expected the offensive side."
Tejada, who got a day off from the starting lineup Sunday, was hitting .295 entering the finale with the Marlins -- second to only David Wright among the team's everyday players -- and the 22-year-old leadoff hitter was reaching base at a .339 clip. While Collins noted he has noticed Tejada getting fatigued some down the stretch, the Mets' skipper has still been impressed with Tejada's ability to work pitch counts on a nightly basis.
"We planned on having this guy hit deep in the lineup to protect him in his first full season," Collins said. He's ended up being our leadoff hitter. He's been absolutely tremendous."