TORONTO -- What began as a hot start has evolved into a reoccurring trend for Blue Jays outfielder Vernon Wells, who hit his sixth home run of the season against Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver Friday night.
It took the veteran outfielder only 11 games to reach the six-home run plateau, a feat that took him 70 games (until June 20) last season. Wells, who slugged over 20 home runs in six of his first seven full seasons, hit a career-low 15 home runs in '09.
Wells attributes his rediscovered success to increased dedication and putting himself in a positive frame of mind.
"It's a different year," Wells said. "[Dwyane] Murphy and I worked really hard together trying to get everything right, my timing right, my swing right. We've been going at it hard and we'll continue to do that until I can get as consistent as possible."
In the past few years Wells has received heavy scrutiny for being too undisciplined at the plate, but Wells insists that he has not altered his aggressive approach.
"That's always been my game." Wells said. "People love it when you get hits, and people hate it when you don't. That's the way it's going to be."
In fact, half of Wells' six home runs this year have come on the first pitch, with only one going beyond the first three pitches thrown in the count.
With the home run against the Angels on Friday, Wells ties Joe Carter for third on the Blue Jays all-time RBI list (736), inching closer to long time Jays first baseman Carlos Delgado (1,058).
"Joe had the biggest hit in the franchise's history," Wells said. "He's obviously a name that everyone loves in this city and it's an honor to be there with him. Hopefully one of these days I'll get close to Carlos."
Wells is batting .385 with six home runs and 11 RBIs this season going into Saturday's tilt against the Angels.