If the pleasant surprise for the Yanks has been Rodriguez and Teixeira, then the crazy disappointment has come in the form of Chase Headley.
It’s obvious Headley became a Brian Cashman favorite upon acquisition last season. He provided a little power and played a flawless third-base. This season, however, he’s been an enigma at the hot-corner.
In 127 total games a season ago, Headley only committed eight errors. This season, he’s already tallied up an amazing 16.
All told, this club who was expected to be one of the better defensive teams in the AL has piled up the fifth most errors in MLB with 64.
Surprisingly the Mets have been a better fielding team than the Yankees on paper this season. Still, though, the eye test doesn’t fit the bill.
Several games have laid right at the feet of the Mets infielders. Wilmer Flores, Daniel Murphy and even Ruben Tejada have all endured boneheaded defensive lapses that have costed their team at least a few wins.
They’ve been much more sure-handed since moving Flores to second and Murphy to third.
One thing is certain with this defense. Juan Lagares in center-field still represents one of the goldest gloves in the world.