While a "Seinfeld" rerun played on the clubhouse television Monday afternoon, struggling left fielder Vernon Wells was in the Angels' video room watching reruns of his 2006 season with the Toronto Blue Jays. Wells hit .303 with a career-high 32 home runs, 40 doubles and 106 runs batted in that year. When the Angels were in Toronto over the weekend, he received permission from the Blue Jays to take some video of his at-bats from the last five seasons. "But 2006 is the year I'm concentrating on," Wells said. "That was the year my average and power were where they should be." Wells' average and power this season, especially over the last three weeks, aren't close to where they should be, and that has put a considerable drag on an offense that is struggling to keep the Angels in the American League West race. Acquired in January with four years and $81 million left on his contract, Wells, 32, has been a huge disappointment, entering Monday with a .204 average, .236 on-base percentage, 17 homers, eight doubles and 45 RBIs. Wells snapped out of a season-long funk in early June, when he batted .273 (38 for 139) with 12 homers and 28 RBIs in 36 games, a hot streak that coincided with the Angels' rise from six games behind Texas to a first-place tie in early July. But in 19 games through Sunday, Wells batted .133 (10 for 75) with one homer and four RBIs, his average dropping from .223 to .204. The Angels hit .214 on their trip to New York and Toronto and fell from one game back to four back.
Angels' Vernon Wells checks out videos from Blue Jays' library
Los Angeles Times | Aug 16