When the Angels acquired Vernon Wells from the Blue Jays they had two goals: one, to move the then disappointing Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera; and two, to compensate for losing the Adrian Beltre sweepstakes. They certainly had to anticipate they would get some semblance of the player who through 12 seasons had averaged .280 and had an .804 OPS.
They didn't get it.
So far this season, Wells has a .214 batting average and a .640 OPS.
Here is the Wells 2011 slugging picture
Clearly, Wells is doing practically nothing on the outside of the plate.
On the outside
The power numbers on the outside portion of the plate are even sadder than his batting average. He has just three doubles, one triple, and just one homer coming from that zone.
Wells is not doing well on inside pitches either.
Power numbers on inside pitches are clearly better with two doubles and seven homers, but still not great.
Wells is really struggling against righties
What perhaps is most surprising is that this veteran hitter is overwhelmed when he has two strikes on him at any point in the count.
With two strikes
It is crunch time in this season and while Wells is not going to end up with great numbers, he still has shown the skills in the past to have a hot final seven weeks. If he does, it could still end very well for the Angels in their race for the postseason.