Another game, another day where Vernon Wells goes hit less. It's a pattern that we've seen all too often lately and despite being moved up in the batting order, Wells is still a huge hole in the Blue Jays lineup.
Each time Vernon Wells strikes out, the Toronto Blue Jays have paid him approximately $2500 dollars to be made a fool of at the plate. But that's only at his 2009 salary of $1.5 million - wait until 2010 when his salary is $23 million dollars and the Jays are paying him around $38,333 per at bat. If you think people are pissed off at Vernon Wells lack of production this season, they will be completely livid when they realize he's being paid what most people make in one year to just stand there at the plate and watch strike three zoom by.
It took Cito Gaston over two months to finally change the lineup card and surprisingly the player who was "punished" by being moved down has actually performed the best. Alex Rios was one of the lone bright spots in today's game, going 4 for 4 with a home run and two RBI's. Want to know the last time Vernon Wells has done that? You have to look all the way back to May 6th. Jordan Bastian tweeted even more bad news about Vernon's slump; since May 6th has been an abysmal .201 with 7 RBI's in 35 games. Not exactly the kind of numbers you would expect from your "franchise player" and cleanup hitter.
Hell, even David Ortiz has snapped out of his slump, so what the hell is wrong with Vernon Wells? If he doesn't start putting up better numbers soon, Wells could be forever destined for the golf course. At least he has lots of practice swinging.