Like the title says, he’s truly beating a dead horse here, and I must acknowledge that it truly sucks continually being down on the guy– it’s not like he isn’t trying, and it’s not like his manager is putting him in a position where his struggles aren’t infinitely more visible– but commenter Jim threw down some mind-boggling Adam Lind-related statistical figures in the post below (which I assume are correct, even though I’m gonna be too lazy to actually corroborate them– because, y’know, then it really isn’t like letting commenters do the work for me at all).
Who am I not to pass them along?
Yesterday was the 1 year anniversary of Verlander no-hitting the Jays. It was also Lind’s last game before going on the DL. Since then he’s had a .674 OPS (23rd worst in MLB), 80 wRC+ (11th worst in MLB) and been worth -0.6fWar (4th worst in MLB).
As a comparison, Lind now has 507 plate appearances over the last 12 months. When they got rid of Rios after 479 plate appearances in the 2009 season, his OPS was 70 points better and his wRC+ was 18 points better than Lind’s.
I know it’s practically beating a dead horse at this point but man that’s pretty ridiculous.
Now, Rios was owed a shit-tonne more money when Ken Williams gave the Jays the gift of clusterfuckingly awful asset management by taking him off his hands, but he also played a premium defensive position. But still, the club cut bait on him when he was actually better than Lind has been.
Sure, we’ve got some arbitrary end point action going on, and we can’t forget– I must mention for a second straight day, as I’m certain it’s the reason that the Jays are still maintaining hope (and it almost makes it make sense to do so)– that Lind was sporting a .300/.349/.515/.865 at last year’s All-Star Break. And maybe there’s genuinely something to the stuff about injuries suffocating his second half performance (though… they don’t explain 2011, nor do I understand how they could explain why he was swinging so recklessly in that period), but… ya. He’s been bad.
I suppose you’ve noticed that we’ve noticed.
And… I don’t even know what to think anymore. I mean, with all that said– again– I can’t help but think how we shit on Bautista’s ability to repeat his 2010, but the club had belief, and it worked out. And we shit all over Encarnacion, but the club had belief, and it worked out.
Maybe we’re just dicks and far too impatient when it comes to guys who’ve shown what they can hit the fuck out of the ball for stretches at this level. I’d love to see Lind come around, and I’d love to see him dropped in the order so that a small measure of pressure might be taken off of him– or me, for continuing to have to write about this day after day– but… it’s just not getting a whole lot less ugly, is it?
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