Sunday, May 24, 2009

Wells contributes on base paths

Obviously, we all despise Vernon Wells for being brutal in the clutch. But he did something against the Braves today that really impressed me. No, I'm not drunk at 2 in the afternoon, I really am saying he did something well (for a change)

First of all, it's quite amazing he was actually on base (no small feat, as he was 0 for 9 to start this series against Atlanta) but I digress. With the Jays down 2-0 in the 4th inning, and the club struggling mightily to score runs in the past five contests, Wells singled to lead off the frame. Then, Wells stole 2nd base, and on the following pitch, got a great jump for third and swiped that bag also, marking the 8th stolen base he's achieved in 8 attempts this year. Wells wound up scoring on a ground out by Jose Bautista to cut the Braves lead in half.

We obviously expect huge numbers from Vernon, especially because he's in the midst of a 7-year, $126 million dollar contract. Playing a little small is still impressive, particularly with the team needing to squeeze out any runs they can.

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