With their 6-1 Saturday afternoon victory over the Texas Rangers, the Toronto Blue Jays have continued their domination of the Rangers, and have improved to 18-12 over their last 30 games. The 31-36 Jays are now 8-4 in June, and the guy leading the offense is not Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, or Melky Cabrera … it is Adam Lind.
Many felt that 2013 would be a make-or-break season for Lind as he was coming off three straight sub-par seasons following his career-best season of 2009. The year started horribly for the 29-year old from Muncie, Indiana as he hit a measly .244 in the opening month with as many home runs as you or I had (which is to say zero). His dozen walks did allow his on base percentage to be at .397, but Lind’s 2013 was off to a very poor start.
In May, he struck out a lot, but his power stroke was on display and he really started to roll. Lind hit .347 that month and scored a ton of runs to go along with his 27 hits. He has taken that momentum and exploded in June. On Saturday at Texas, Lind went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs, a pair of RBIs, and a home run which puts his June numbers at 22-for-52 (.423 batting average) with three dingers and 10 RBIs.
On the season, Lind is just a tad behind the required at-bats to qualify for the batting title race, but he will catch up to that soon enough as we are at the point where he is earning regular ABs. Currently in the American League, only Miguel Cabrera‘s .354 BA is better than Lind’s .343. The timing of this big year for Lind is good for him as the Jays have a decision to make about him at season’s end.
The team can exercise their $7 million option on Lind for 2014, or buy him out of his contract for $2 million. This is the sort of season that will put the big fella in position to get at least that $7 mill club option and could set up a multi-year extension.
In a season full of disappointments for Canada’s team, Adam Lind has been a wonderful surprise so far.