According to a tweet from Shi Davidi of Rogers’ own Sportsnet, the Rogers-owned Jays have shuffled heretofore de facto cleanup hitter Adam Lind down to the eighth spot in the batting order for this afternoon’s post-clusterfuck getaway attempt against Oakland right-hander Tyson Ross.
Eric Thames will hit fifth.
Thames hasn’t exactly been mashing right-handers this season. In fact, thanks to a .385 BABIP his numbers are better against lefties– the reverse of last year, when he put up an awful .273 wOBA against southpaws over 91 plate appearances.
But… um… he’s still been better than Adam Lind, who has put up similar numbers this year against his preferred competition, right-handers, sitting at a .278 wOBA through 83 PA.
Add in the 26 plate appearances Lind has been inexplicably given against lefties (wRC+ of 25!!?!), and you get right about to the magic 100 at-bat mark that John Farrell uses as a benchmark for assessment of a player… at the start of a season. Because, y’know, what possible fucking sense would it make, when constructing a lineup, to look at the 1155 plate appearances over the previous two seasons in which Lind also sucked?
No, no, these 100 have finally told us that Adam Lind… Adam Lind might not be very good. Multi-million dollar asset management, everybody!!!!
The lineup may not exactly be ideal, but… baby steps, I guess.
The Blue Jays Full Lineup for this afternoon…
K. Johnson 2B
Y. Escobar SS
J. Bautista RF
E. Encarnacion DH
E. Thames LF
B. Lawrie 3B
C. Rasmus CF
A. Lind 1B
J. Arencibia C