MINNEAPOLIS -- Baseball is not always a thinking man's game, and maybe that's why Vernon Wells is already struggling for the Angels. He's 2 for 14, has struck out five times and comes to the ballpark every day unsure if he's in the starting lineup.
Baseball is a game where you're better off reacting -- see a pitch, hit it. Players often like to tinker with their swings and their positioning in the box, but when a 95-mph fastball is heading toward the plate, good hitters let their hands do the work.
Wells is overthinking. On Monday, before the Angels opened their series against the Minnesota Twins at frigid Target Field, manager Mike Scioscia said Wells' early season problems at the plate were more "conceptual" than "mechanical."
"He needs to settle in, and I think less will be more," Scioscia said. "He needs to keep it simple."
Wells went through a winter makeover with his swing and produced encouraging numbers in s...