The fuck? Shi Davidi informs us of the frustrating news…
Good career stats vs Niemann plus some good cuts on road helps move Lind back up to cleanup.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) May 14, 2012
I mean, at least there’s something resembling logic behind the decision– Lind has OPS’d 1.460 in 32 career plate appearances against Niemann, with three homers, a pair of doubles and a triple. But… is it really too much to ask John Farrell to recognize that batter-versus-pitcher splits inherently look at far too small a sample of data to be useful?
And really? He took some good swings this weekend, so let’s instantly forget about the 1279 plate appearances over the last two-plus seasons in which he’s accumulated a .238/.289/.422/.711 line? Seriously???
It’s not the worst thing in the world– shit, maybe it’ll even work– and I’m heartened by the fact that I know Farrell is at least willing to bust him back down to eighth at some point, and that the club saw a Lind-related need to hand some money to Vlad Guerrero, but… again… seriously, how much rope?
And, I don’t know, if you’re going to believe in bullshit empty traditionalist modes of lineup construction, why one-on-one splits and not the fact that Bautista has started looking a lot better now that he doesn’t have Lind’s “protection”? Huh? Huh?
Other tidbits from Davidi: Dustin McGowan started playing light catch today, which was earlier than usual, and totally worth $3-million, while Sergio Santos threw from 90 feet on flat ground today– he “must progress to 120-150 feet before getting back on the mound.”
Today’s Jays lineup in full…
K. Johnson 2B
Y. Escobar SS
J. Bautista RF
A. Lind 1B
E. Encarnacion DH
E. Thames LF
B. Lawrie 3B
C. Rasmus CF
J. Arencibia C
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