Players have to produce when they are given a chance. In his first chance, twenty-two-year old switch-hitting middle infielder Anderson Tejeda produced. In a big way.
In his first three at-bats, he saw three pitches.
He flied to left on his first pitch.
He singled in a run on his second pitch. His first major league hit produced his first major league run batted in. He promptly stole second.
He homered on his third pitch, driving in two more.
So much for the Moneyball strategy of going deep and making pitchers rack up the pitch count.
When you get your pitch, you swing. Even if it’s the first pitch.
So, after three at-bats, Tejeda, who had never played above A-Level, had more RBIs, three, than the guy whose position he is occupying. Odor has two. In 24 at-bats.
In fact, after three at-bats, Anderson Tejeda has more RBIs than Danny Santana (0), Robinson Chirinos (0), Ronald Guzman (0), Willie Calhoun (1), and Isiah Kiner-Falefa (1) combined.
In all fairness to that group, they’ve had only 97 at-bats to collect their two combined RBIs. You have to give them time.
Griffin Canning (0-1, 3.38) vs. Jordan Lyles (0-1, 6.00)