All’s not Wells when it comes to Halladay

On a night in which his teammate — Jays’ ace Roy Halladay — worked his magic for perhaps his last time in Toronto, Vernon Wells failed to show up – like he has done for much of the season at Rogers Centre.

Wells, hitting out of the No. 6 spot in the lineup, went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts Friday night – the first with Scott Rolen standing on second base with one out in the fourth, and the other with one out in the bottom half of the 10th when the Jays desperately needed a baserunner to mount a comeback. The result, however, was a 4-2 loss to the Rays.

Vernon’s numbers at home this year are almost beyond belief. In 45 games, the 30-year-old has batted .168 (29-for-173) – that’s the lowest mark at home posted by any regular in the American League.

Twenty-nine hits. 

Of those 45 games at home, Wells went hitless in 22 of them. In other words, if you’ve been to a Blue Jays game this year, there was basically a one in two chance that you saw Wells go hitless. That is, you went home without having seen the ‘face of the franchise’ (at least offensively) manage to collect a single hit. So, of course he’s being bombarded with boos at the Rogers Centre of late.

Meanwhile, the real face of the franchise, Roy Halladay, hasn’t had a problem performing at home (well, he hasn’t had a problem performing anywhere). But here are his numbers at the Rogers Centre: 7-2, 2.76 ERA, four complete games, six walks and 64 strikeouts.

Long story short: these two players – Wells and Halladay – couldn’t be further apart from the perspective of a Blue Jays fan. Toronto loves Roy Halladay. Toronto does not love Vernon Wells. What has become more apparent recently is that Toronto shares an equal dislike of general manager J.P. Ricciardi (one only needed to see the signs scattered around the Rogers Centre Friday night asking for JP’s removal from office).

But here’s the thing: It’s not all Ricciardi’s fault. If it’s true that Roy Halladay has made it known he wants to test the free agent waters at the end of 2010, it’s Ricciardi’s job to see what he can get for the ace pitcher now.

So today, we’re pointing the blame at Vernon Wells – the owner of an outrageous contract in which he’s not living up to. It’s not Wells’ fault that the Jays made him such a laughable offer. But it is his fault that he hasn’t approached Jays’ management to discuss a possible re-work of that contract. And we’re not talking about a re-work because he’s underperforming. We’re talking about a re-work so that the team can have the funds to keep Roy Halladay.

But alas, Wells has been very quiet during this whole Halladay fiasco. And not just at the plate.

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