The Good News: Recently injury-plagued (don’t say prone) franchise player Vernon Wells will not be rushing back into this season, due to insurance issues from all the time he spent on the DL last year.
The Bad News: The last time he played in the WBC, he shrugged off his reputation as a slow starter and hit .396 with 9 home runs in April (along with the rest of the Jays offense, pretty much the last time any Jay has hit above their career norms for an extended period of time).
The Maybe it’s a Wash Anyway News: Maybe Vernon wasn’t made for fast starts, because after putting up monster numbers through July in 2006, he hit a wall in August (the figurative kind: the literal, 2007-destroying one was back on May 31st) with no power, followed by an atrocious .217 BAVG and .633 OPS in September.
The I’m Getting Dizzy and Need to Fall Down News: On the other hand, it’s possible Wells’ weak finish in 2006 wasn’t related to his WBC boost because he always sputters the last two months, even worse than his “slow starts” (career OPS in April: 90, September: 87, October 90). But of course that doesn’t make the headlines because having a batting average of .200 in May is a full-out career crisis, but if your batting average falls from .310 to .275 at the end of the year, at least it’s “still respectable”…