Adam Lind has left the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday to be with his wife who is in labour. Lind will be out of the line-up for this afternoon game, but no word on how long he will be gone.
I’m not saying that being with your wife during labour is a bad thing, but this comes at a time when Lind is playing his best baseball in a long time. In his last six games, Lind has eight walks and six hits in 20 plate appearances to bring his on-base percentage to .396, which leads the team.
He also leads the team in fewest strike outs (4) and most walks with 11. Last season, he had 61 strikeouts and 29 walks, and he is on pace to shatter those numbers. In the near future, Lind could become a very reliable No. 2 hitter for the Jays.
The one problem he is having this season is he production at the plate. He’s getting on base a lot, but he’s not providing any offense for the Jays. After 17 games, he has zero home runs and two RBIs, which are both a team-low. We can’t expect him to return to the Lind of 2009 where he had 35 home runs and 114 RBIs, but he can still be a valued member to the team.
Once he returns to the line-up, he’ll have a new fan to play for, and perhaps we can expect him to break out of his home run slump very shortly.
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