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Hiatus Ho

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I’m out of here for a couple of days, but this site has much cuter graphics anyway. Halladay is apparently back on Monday. Vernon Wells is apparently the 58th worst regular, but attacking it with the “diligence of a lab chemist“. (No swearing, or chucking — what games are you watching?!)

And you’ll have to wait until I get back for proof, but this scout:

An American League scout who’s seen the Blue Jays thinks Wells’ biggest problem is his tendency to chase balls outside the zone. “I’ve seen him give away way too many at-bats,” the scout said.

Is just wrong. His eye is actually getting better with age. He just can’t drive low pitches to save his life these days so he gets behind in the count and it becomes all the more obvious that he never had any patience to begin with…

Update: Here’s the proof — from Inside Edge, the source behind those hot zones and the bestest baseball analysis site of all time that for some reason pays attention to the Jays more than anyone else out there, a lack of reach from Wells seems to be the problem. Lingering hammy, shoulder still out of whack, or the dreaded decline – any guesses?

Written by halejon

June 24, 2009 at 3:50 am

Posted in Seriousness

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  1. Love the hot and cold zones!


    June 24, 2009 at 9:59 am

  2. He is pressing, which proves to those people that say he should care more that he actually does care and it actually is to the detriment of his performance.


    June 24, 2009 at 3:33 pm

  3. Well he played through his shoulder cyst in 2007 instead of going on the disabled list, so we know he cares about being on the field, even if he’d be more valuable on the bench.


    June 30, 2009 at 12:14 pm

  4. Check out Wells home/road splits.

    Is his lack of reach only at home? I doubt it. He’s pressing at home.


    July 2, 2009 at 5:08 pm

  5. Man, if you could put up like a graph of Tallet vs. Burnett’s pitches and what was called for strikes by Hirshbeck today, that’d be interesting!


    July 3, 2009 at 8:35 pm

  6. Sucking at home (for us) could mean a leg or foot problem exacerbated by the hard turf.


    July 4, 2009 at 1:12 pm

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