Wells making himself right at home at Safeco

Wells making himself right at home at Safeco

Wells making himself right at home at Safeco
SEATTLE -- Safeco Field has a well-earned reputation as a difficult place for right-handed hitters, but new outfielder Casper Wells apparently didn't get that memo.

Wells, acquired from the Tigers in the Doug Fister trade on July 30, owns a seven-game home hitting streak with four home runs in his past five starts, including the go-ahead jack in the eighth inning of Monday's 6-5 win over Toronto.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound rookie has hit .440 (11-for-25) in his first seven games in Safeco, and is loving every minute of the new opportunity.

"I think a lot of things contribute to when you're doing well," Wells said. "You have to have a good, positive frame of mind and be surrounded by good people. Hitting is kind of contagious. Everyone seems to be having good at-bats and swinging the bat well."

The Mariners have gone 9-6 since Wells' arrival and entered Monday batting .282 as a club in August, so he's having a hard time understanding what went wrong during the 17-game skid prior to his arrival.

"For me, the record starts since I've been here, and I think we've been doing pretty well," Wells said. "We've been upsetting some teams that are competing for playoff spots. We're handling our business out here, and I'm feeling really comfortable with the team and starting to settle in a little more."

As for his power surge? Wells noted he's not exactly used to batting in a bandbox.

"You know, I came from Comerica Park," he said. "At least I have a better chance of getting it out to center here. Comerica is kind of a graveyard in center, too. But I don't know. Maybe it's the added adrenaline. The ball is flying pretty good."