Jays enduring empty Wells

This just in: Vernon Wells is struggling.

We know this. All of Blue Jays Nation knows this. And they’ve known for some time (as evidenced by the hordes of people voicing their displeasure on Blue Jays fan call-in shows).

But just how bad have Vernon’s struggles been?

Well, following an 0-for-3 day at the plate Sunday in an 11-3 loss to the Marlins, Wells saw his average drop to a team-low .238 on the year. He’s now gone without a home run in a career-high 137 straight at bats (his last homer came on May 6 against the Angels).

Meanwhile, he’s batting .095 (4-for-42) in June. We often defer to Cito Gaston’s two World Series rings, but why Wells was moved recently to the No. 3 spot in the order we’ll never understand.

Let’s put things into perspective. Here’s a look at how Wells has performed up to this point (ie. through June 14) during his eight full seasons in the big leagues. The findings are not pretty. In fact, he’s looking at career lows across the board …

2009: 65 games — .238 BA, .296 OBP, 5 HR, 28 RBI, .665 OPS
2008: 43 games — .283 BA, .339 OBP, 7 HR, 27 RBI, .797 OPS
2007: 62 games — .246 BA, .303 OBP, 5 HR, 30 RBI, .690 OPS
2006: 62 games — .328 BA, .384 OBP, 17 HR, 54 RBI, 1.008 OPS
2005: 64 games — .251 BA, .303 OBP, 12 HR, 33 RBI, .764 OPS
2004: 63 games — .298 BA, .365 OBP, 9 HR, 30 RBI, .846 OPS
2003: 69 games — .297 BA, .340 OBP, 14 HR, 61 RBI, .872 OPS
2002: 63 games — .248 BA, .298 OBP, 6 HR, 28 RBI, .676 OPS

Note: Wells played fewer games in ’08 due to injury

2 Responses to “Jays enduring empty Wells”

  1. Jay B Says:

    the obp is unreal…johnny mac would be of greater value in the lineup right now, and i’m not even joking…

    i love wells, but this is past the point of ridiculous…

  2. TD Says:

    Agreed. Move him to No. 6 like Papi.

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