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Collins explains why Ruben is leading man

Ruben Tejada

Ruben Tejada

#11 SS
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM52
  • HR2

  • RBI15

  • R11

  • OBP.345

  • AVG.227

NEW YORK -- Ruben Tejada leads off for the first time this season on Tuesday night, but it actually is his 100th career start atop the lineup.

Terry Collins said Tejada displaced Matt den Dekker atop the order in Juan Lagares' absence because the shortstop was hitting .341 (14-for-41) with six RBIs over his past dozen games.

Collins added that Daniel Murphy would be a logical leadoff hitter as well, but Murphy has thrived in the No. 2 hole.

"We put Ruben there today because he's been doing a great job getting on base in the last 10 games," said Collins, adding that Tejada has cut down on his fly balls. "We thought since that's the case, let's just see if it works, because in the past he's led off and gotten on base and we've been successful. So we're going to try it again.

"I really like where Dan is at. Obviously we can put Murph there the way he's swinging, knowing he'd get on. But Grandy [Curtis Granderson] is swinging good, so it's just that we've got to start distributing it throughout the lineup."