It’s never been doubted that Matt Lindstrom has the talent to be a dominant pitcher in the MLB. His stuff is down right nasty. However, the reason the 33-year old reliever has jumped from team to team throughout his six-year career is due to his inconsistent control.
Now a member of the Chicago White Sox, Lindstrom is hoping to change his fate and finally reach his potential. In his first spring with the South Siders, the right-hander has been literally un-hittable. In five Cactus League appearances, Lindstrom has yet to allow a hit. Although his role with the White Sox this year isn’t quite clear yet, Lindstrom seems ready to put up some goose eggs in 2013.
With a recent injury to White Sox reliever Jesse Crain, Lindstrom’s role with the White Sox may be even bigger to start the year. From what I’ve seen of the veteran hurler in camp, he’s not only capable of filling in for a guy like Crain, but he’s also got the skill set to be one of the pitchers manager Robin Ventura calls upon in crucial situations.
The White Sox 2013 slogan is “Make An Impact” and I believe, regardless of his role or work load, this is exactly what Lindstrom will do out of the Sox bullpen. If he can locate his fastball and stay ahead in counts, look for Lindstrom put up All-Star numbers on the South Side this season.