At Bleeding Yankee Blue, we have always been huge supporters of Vernon Wells. From the very beginning of the season, we have expected him to pleasantly surprise everyone. And he did, at least for a little while. In May, he hit a rough patch, hard. His April performance was all but forgotten by some. The thing is, Yankees fans don’t care about yesterdays battles... they won’t win todays wars.
Wells went 23 for 104 in May, hitting .221. It was highly disappointing. Especially considering how well he played during the Cactus league, and his .300 BA in April. But, if I’m going to be fair, Robinson Cano, who is one of our best hitters, went 28 for 109 in May. It is a slump. They happen.
The non-waiver trade deadline is steadily approaching. Clearly, the Yankees have some work to do. If the past has shown us anything, it’s that one of two things will happen: 1- Cashman will stand behind this team, and do nothing or 2- Cashman will look to get another journeyman to add to the line-up. Don’t expect too much in the way of young talent. The thing is, Cashman is arguably one of the best GM’s in baseball. Despite the fact that I am not personally a huge fan of his, I cannot deny that he has some serious skills when it comes down to putting together a team.
Now, I’m not suggesting that the Yankees deal Wells. As it stands now, which team, besides the Yankees, would really want to risk it? Wells is the kind of player that the Yankees have been going after, and it has been working. Look at Ichiro Suzuki, who came to us from the Mariners, hitting .261. What I do think will happen is that they will let Wells battle it out.
In fact, it seems that Wells may already be on the verge of breaking out of this slump. While he still isn’t hitting, he is making sac flys, and scoring runs. Which begs the question, what is next? Is this what he needs to give himself a confidence boost, and right his ship? After all, slumps are at least partly mental. It’s difficult to approach the plate, thinking of all the things you did wrong the time before. It usually takes a few solid at bats, to get guys back on track. Contributing to the team, even with something as small as a sac fly, is his opportunity to break out.
Wells still has a long way to go, but he will be fine. Eventually. The problem really is, how long will eventually take? Yankees fans are impatient. We have adopted the same mentality that the Boss had about the team. We don’t want promises for tomorrow; we want results, today!
Be patient, Yankeeland! It’s coming.
Erica Morales BYB Senior Writer