The initial reaction after last night's crushing 1-0 loss to the Red Sox was to heap scorn upon Vernon Wells for his inability to come up with Kevin Youkilis' line drive single cleanly, allowing David Ortiz to rumble home with the winning run. Some people might have even questioned Wells' manhood for his inability to come up with that ball cleanly in the comment sections of other blogs. (Although we can't imagine who.)
But having watched the play endlessly, frame by frame, it looked to us as though the ball took a funny bounce just in front of Wells, and he did an okay job of keeping the ball in front of himself. Not a great job, just okay.
If that's the seventh inning, it's just another play. And if the Jays hadn't looked patently awful at the plate all night, it wouldn't have mattered. But with the Blue Jays' season quickly slip-sliding away in April, things are starting to get desperate, and reason is starting to get tossed out the window.
In contrast to the JaysTalk callers, we're not sure how the Jays' monumental ineptitude in hitting with runners in scoring position can be John Gibbons' fault. But if they can't win one of the next two games, by hook or by crook, we've got a sneaking suspicion that Gibby might not make it back to the home dugout in the Rogers Centre.