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How much longer until Wilmer Flores is playing shortstop for the Mets?

Look, I don't have to tell you Ruben Tejada is bad. Everybody knows Tejada is bad. It's depressing. Stephen Drew is out of work, not getting any jobs. We know Tejada is unfit to start, our backup is unfit to play, and we sit watching our TVs while GKR tells us that today today Ruben is 0-for-4 with 3 strikeouts as if that's the way it's supposed to be. We know things are bad. Worse than bad. They're crazy. It's like everything everywhere is going crazy so we don't go out anymore. We sit at on AA all day as slowly Tejada's batting average is getting lower and all we say is, "Please, at least give us a shred of a major league shortstop!" Well, I don't know what to do about Stephen Drew and the trades and Wilmer and the crying in the streets. All I know is first you've got to get mad.

So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out, and yell, "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"

I want you to get up right now! Get up! Go to your windows, open your windows, and stick your head out, and yell, "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!"

Things have got to change my friends! You've got to get mad! You've got to say, "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!"

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Now... oh... what? Oh that's right, I'm trying to actually write a serious FanPost and not just terribly paraphrase movie lines. Sorry.

We've talked about Ruben Tejada and the shortstop position ad nauseum here on AA and all over the place. So obviously what you needed was another FanPost discussing Ruben Tejada and how bad he is. Well I've got you covered.

Now of course, as Howard Beale has already established, we all know Tejada stinks. Everyone. All the fans from the mongos to the SABR nerds, the front office, management, the media, Scott Boras, and basically everyone with a brain stem who's head is not shoved so far up their ass that they're tasting yesterday's breakfast. (So ownership is still undecided on him.)

And since you already know how atrocious Ruben Tejada is, this chart may be as useful as Omar Quintanilla to you, but in case you didn't know just how bad he's been or wanted some perspective, here's a chart that ranks some of his numbers among all qualified shortstops, and then among all qualified MLB players in general. If you already know these ranks or just want to spare yourself, feel free to skip over it or avert your eyes. These stats are as of 5/4/14.

Stat

Value

SS Rank/Qualified players

MLB Rank/Qualified players

AVG

.192

21/24

180/192

wOBA

.235

23/24

187/192

wRC+

47

23/24

187/192

ISO

.026

24/24

191/192

UZR/150

-11.8

20/28

150/189

fWAR

-0.5

24/24

187/192

Now obviously this is all SSS, and evaluating most of these stats at this point in the season is useless. But these numbers don't lie. Tejada has been so bad he's been losing playing time to Omar Quintanilla over the past few weeks. And when Omar Quintanilla is getting regular at bats on your team, then your shortstop position is what's commonly referred to as a "dumpster fire".

And just for reference, to go along with Tejada's -0.5 fWAR, "Q" himself has had negative value himself as well.

Again, SSS, and evaluating WAR at this point is useless and whatever, but there's no light at the end of the tunnel here. Everyday it seems worse. It's annoying. It's frustrating. It's like an infinite turd coming out of your ass. (Sorry for the thought)

Both of these players haven't shown that they can actually do any better than their early season numbers, and there's absolutely no way that the front office will accept this kind of futility from the shortstop position this year. But how much longer will we have to bear witness to this atrocity?

With Stephen Drew seemingly intent on waiting until after the draft to sign on with a team and nothing apparently brewing on the trade front, Wilmer Flores is the obvious, most immediate option.

My prediction at the start of the year was that Wilmer Flores would be the Mets' starting shortstop by May 31st. I've stated this a couple of times here as well. However, with every game it looks more and more like Wilmer Flores might be here much sooner. And with his bat starting to heat up in Vegas, it seems like he could be on the MLB roster within a matter of days. Hell, he could be back in the big leagues by the next home-stand.

But will he be? Just how serious is the organization with him at shortstop? Are they willing to roll the dice with him, even with his mixed results defensively in Vegas?

None of us know the answers to those questions. But it's safe to say at this point most of us feel like that there's really nothing to lose with him at SS at the big league level, and there's no way that he could be worse than Tejada/Q. He'd probably serve as just a stopgap until a more permanent option can come, but I think we would all take that regardless.

But how much longer until the FO feels that way? It can't be long, right?

This FanPost was contributed by a member of the community and was not subject to any vetting or approval process. It does not necessarily reflect the opinions, reasoning skills, or attention to grammar and usage rules held by the editors of this site.

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