A wise prophet once said “I Believe In Vernon Wells“.
Not only was he devoted to Vernon Wells through the good and the bad, he shouted it proudly from the highest mountain (and by mountain, I mean the 500 Level at the Rogers Centre). When others were booing and jeering Vernon Wells, there was one man who stood and cheered.
Eyebleaf, my friend … I think you were right all along.
We may only be two games into the season, but Vernon Wells has already far exceeded expectations just within the first week of play. It’s a ridiculously small sample size, however V-Dub has already clubbed three home runs, and driven in six.
In 2009, it took Wells 76 plate appearances to hit three home runs. This year, it’s only taken him nine plate appearances.
Another thing that’s very evident just by watching the first two games of the season is that Wells seems much more comfortable at the plate.
He isn’t chasing pitches out of the zone, and is taking a very aggressive approach at the plate rather than reactive. Two of his three home runs have been very early in the count:
Home Run #1: 0-1 count, 89 MPH Sinker
Home Run #2: 0-0 count, 89 MPH Four-Seam Fastball
Home Run #3: 2-2 count, 86 MPH Four-Seam Fastball
I’m not saying that we’re completely out of the woods yet, but things are definitely looking up for Vernon Wells.
High five for a great start to the season!