CHICAGO -- The White Sox put Casper Wells in their starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Angels, partially because he was 4-for-9 lifetime against left-hander C.J. Wilson, with two homers and two doubles. Manager Robin Ventura also wanted to give a break to Adam Dunn, who is 0-for-11 over his last three games and 16-for-117 (.137) overall.
"A day to have a breather is good," Ventura said. "A lot of the guys, you get to a point where everybody wants to do a lot more than they need to do instead of making it simple. It's just one of those, you give him a day to not have to think about that."
Dunn has maintained from the start of the season that he feels good at the plate. The results certainly aren't there to back up that feeling, but Ventura believes it might be offense-wide mental pressure that negatively affects Dunn and others.
"There's physical things that happen with guys," Ventura said. "Then there's the mental side of going up there and you feel pretty good and again, trying to do too much changes things. A lot happens when you go from the on-deck circle to the plate.
"That's just something that, you get to a point where you're just trying to do simple things. That's all really we need to do is take care of the simple things."
These struggles are not limted to Dunn. Jeff Keppinger went 0-for-4 Sunday night and is hitting .187, and Tyler Flowers is hitting .185.
Wells doubled off Wilson in the second inning of Sunday's 3-0 White Sox victory. He went 1-for-3 against the lefty and 1-for-4 in the game.
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