Last year, Miguel Tejada started the season huge and then basically did his Adam Everett impression for the rest of the season. He also got not only the one year older that everyone else got, but added two more years because, well, he’d been two years older all along.
So the Astros have an aging shortstop who has made a strong case for being given a day off every now and then. Naturally, he’s played in every game and has 55 plate appearances, behind only Lance Berkman’s 56. Pudge Rodriguez has played in every game as well; he’s 37.
Tejada is racking up hits so far again, but it’s only because hits are falling for him. His BABIP, batting average on balls in play, is .383, and that won’t last. He has two doubles and no homers. It’s looking like a replay of last year.