"I think the main thing is my swing is back to being short," said Wells, who had the lowest batting average and on-base percentage in the Majors last year. "When my swing is short, I swing at good pitches, lay off tough pitches and put a lot more consistent swings on the pitches I need to be hitting hard. Lining out was good to see, especially early on, just knowing if I get a good pitch to hit, put a good swing on it and don't really try to do too much."
Wells, who worked with Cubs hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo in the offseason, stands a little more upright in the batter's box and has incorporated a new timing mechanism in hopes of staying short with his swing and driving more pitches up the middle.
In the first inning against right-hander Brad Peacock, Wells -- batting in the No. 5 spot -- lined a two-run single to center field. He then lined out hard to left field in the third, drew a walk in the fourth and flied out to right field in the fifth.
"You're going to go through [ups and downs] during the season," Wells said. "It's just a matter of trying to stay consistent with my approach no matter what the outcome is."