Shortstop: Ian Desmond vs Ruben Tejada
- Edge: Nationals
Just one season ago this would not have even been a discussion, but Ian Desmond has been a disappointment this season. His average was way down and power was down a bit. Worst of all, his defense was way down. Desmond has shown the signs of a rebound though. He has been very productive of late hitting .272 with 8 home runs post all-star break.
The Mets have a two-headed monster at shortstop. Well, not really.
Ruben Tejada has seen a resurgence this season. After being in Terry Collins’s doghouse for much of the past three season and losing his starting job to just about anyone with a pulse, Tejada has found his game. He has basically forced Terry Collins into making him the everyday shortstop. Tejada provides fine defense, something the Mets lack, and has actually contributed with the bat hitting .258. Sure it is a very weak .258 but given his defense is a huge upgrade from Wilmer Flores the Mets will take it.
Even with Tejada playing the best baseball of his career, give the edge to the Nationals.