Game 46: Toronto at Atlanta pregame

Following Friday night’s 1-0 loss to the Braves — a game in which Vernon Wells went 0-for-4 with a quartet of groundouts — manager Cito Gaston noticed the center fielder poring over footage of his plate appearances.

“I admired Wells last night,” Gaston said. “He was sitting there after the game and he looked at some tapes and stuff. He got on the bus and I said, ‘Did you see anything?’ He said he saw something and I saw just what he said and I was going to tell him that. Hopefully, he’s going to get it today.”

What did they both see?

“He’s just a little late — just a little late getting started,” Gaston said. “It’s not like he’s not working and trying to get better.”

Overall, Wells is hitting .262 with five homers and 21 RBIs in 45 games. Over his last 14 games, Wells is hitting just .228 with no homers, no RBIs and only two extra-base hits (doubles). He has gone hitless in seven of his last 11 games and doesn’t have a home run or an RBI since May 6. In May, Wells is batting .239.

This coming from Toronto’s cleanup hitter.

Gaston knows he could switch things up, especially with the offense in a team-wide slump right now. He admitted that options included moving Adam Lind to the third or fourth spot, and maybe even shifting Alex Rios lower in the lineup. Gaston has no plans to alter the lineup he’s used all season, though.

“To move these guys around and out of their spots, that shows panic right there,” Gaston said. “When you start moving people around, then everyone’s going to panic.”

Today’s lineups:

Thumbnail image for BlueJays.jpgTORONTO BLUE JAYS (27-18)

1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Alex Rios, RF
4. Vernon Wells, CF
5. Adam Lind, LF
6. Scott Rolen, 3B
7. Lyle Overbay, 1B
8. Rod Barajas, C
9. Casey Janssen, P

Braves.jpgATLANTA BRAVES (21-20)

1 Kelly Johnson, 2B
2. Casey Kotchman, 1B
3. Garrett Anderson, LF
4. Brian McCann, C
5. Martin Prado, 3B
6. Jeff Francoeur, RF
7. Diory Hernandez, SS
8. Jordan Schafer, CF
9. Derek Lowe, P

~JB

1 Comment

Someone had asked McGowan if he thinks he’ll be back this year at photo day and he said “hopefully” then too. He didn’t sound to me like a guy who is confident about that though.

I keep saying that i’m confident Wells will turn things around but it’s still not looking good. I hope he does it soon, same with Rios. I’d like to see Cito lose some of that stubbornness and move some guys around. I’d have it look like this for now
Scutaro
Hill
Lind
Rolen
Wells
Rios
Barajas
Overbay
Millar

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