Thursday, April 8, 2010
Wells Crushes Two for Toronto; Renteria Goes 5-for-5
Players of the Day for Wednesday, April 7, 2010 American League The questions surrounding Vernon Wells' power stroke persisted through the 2009 season and into the Winter and Spring. Wells, considered a power hitter capable of knocking in 100 runs and putting 25 or more balls over various outfield walls, but last season he only hit 15 home runs and drove in a paltry 66, his lowest totals since becoming a full-time player in 2002. Maybe the needling from the press or the rumor mill got to Wells, because it appears he's recovered the power. In Toronto's 7-4 win at Texas Wednesday night, Wells broke a 3-3 tie with a 2-run blast in the 5th, then added an insurance run with his second homer of the night (and third of the season), a solo shot to left field. He also scored a run in the 4th, after being hit by a pitch, and another in the seventh, coming around the bases after a one-out walk. Wells crossed the plate 4 times on his 2-for-3 night, with 3 RBI. Two games into the season, Wells is batting .714.
Here's a batting average you don't see very often: .727, but that's what Edgar Renteria is hitting after going 5-for-5 in San Francisco's 10-2 victory at Houston. Renteria's hits were all singles, but that's probably not bothering him, because the Giants are 3-0, in first place in the NL West and leave Houston with a sweep of their season-opening series.
Renteria did score one run and drove in two. He's had 11 at-bats this season, banging out 8 hits in those trips to the plate - seven singles and one double. The Columbian-born shortstop is not unused to carrying a high batting average. In 15 seasons, he's finished four of them with an average over .300 and is a career .288 hitter.