Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Time for the franchise cornerstone to stand tall

BOSTON — It's nice that Scott Rolen has infused the Toronto Blue Jays with a little bit of presence but, really, shouldn't that be Vernon Wells's job?

Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the Blue Jays' offensive ineptitude during the first six games of this trip was the 0-for-15 run by the team's cornerstone centre fielder, who finally broke out of the funk Sunday on a hit-and-run put on by manager John Gibbons.

Hey, when a team is in the middle of an offensive fog of 11-for-100 with runners in scoring position, there's blame to go around. But, really, it seems as if it's Wells more than any other player who'll expand the strike zone or pop up the 2-0 pitch.

It seems that way even if it isn't entirely true statistically because … well, because more than any other player on this team it is Wells (.265 with three home runs and 17 runs batted in) who catches the eye and ire. That's what happens when you ink a seven-year, $126-million (U.S.) contract extension.

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