Oh this isn't going to be fun
I don't even know what to say. Adam is really down to his last chance to prove he ought to be part of the future of the team. You all know the history, a fairly defensively challenged outfielder, has one big year, is moved to 1B, DHes a bunch. He has flashes of good batting, but doesn't live up to that one season.
His career stats:
Last year he hit RHP pretty well, .276/.339/.457 but didn't hit LHP at all, .202/.303/.553. I think we have seen enough to know that Lind shouldn't be batting against lefties. John Gibbons and Alex Anthopoulos disagree and tell us he is going to be allowed to hit against them again this year. How long they will go with this plan is anyone's guess. Likely it depends as much on how the team does as how Adam does.
Gibby has a history with Lind. In 2008 we started the year with Frank Thomas at DH and Shannon Stewart in LF. Thomas didn't hit and was released, Shannon, not surprisingly, spent much of the year injured. Adam Lind got called up, had 19 bad at bats (really bad, he went 1 for 19 and was cast back to the minors in favor of the two-headed Mencherson monster of Kevin Mench and Brad Wilkerson. I still have bad dreams about those two.
Gibbons was fired, Cito Gaston hired and Cito insisted on the incredibly obvious move of bringing Lind back up. The season was shot anyway and the Mencherson twins weren't going to save us. Adam finishes the season well and has the amazing 2009 season, and Cito was a genius. Then Adam became Adam.
Next year? Well, Bill James has Lind hitting .272/.329/.460 with 22 home runs in 141 games. Man, I'd be happy with that.
I'm guessing he doesn't play that much. More like 110 games, hopefully against right-handed pitching. Let's say the same sort of line, .275/.333/.450 with 15 home runs, 65 RBI.
What do you think?