Although the Toronto Blue Jays‘ bullpen decided to make their team’s effort against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night a lot closer than it needed to be, Adam Lind did his best to put the game out of reach as early as he could.
In the DH’s first at-bat of the season, Lind hit a three-run bomb to deep right-center field to put the Jays up by three in the top of the first inning. Jays fans all over are hoping that this is a sign of fantastic things to come from Lind, a hitter who has shown in the past that he has some serious pop in his bat from the left side of the plate.
Lind enjoyed the best season of his career back in 2009 where he finished the season hitting .305 with 35 home runs and 114 RBIs in 151 games. Since then, Lind hash’t been able to hit for average over the past few seasons and has also seen a drop off in his power, hitting over 25 home runs only once over the past four seasons.
Lind arguably has one of the most fluid swings in the majors and if he is able to stay healthy and assume his role as the Jays’ DH, the sky’s the limit for the native of Muncie, IN. Hitting behind Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion on a daily basis could pay dividends for a team that will more often than not be desperate for runs due to their subpar starting pitching rotation. Together, the three could become one of MLB‘s most dangerous trios.
If Lind continues to swing a hot bat throughout the beginning of the regular season and beyond, the Jays’ decision to exercise his $7 million option earlier in the offseason will probably be the best move that they made between the end of the 2013 and right now. Lind has the ability to break the hearts of many opponents on any given day with one smooth swing of his bat, and it looks as though he is ready and willing to do just that.
Expect big things from Lind in 2014 and beyond.