February 22, 2013
For Blue Jays, all eyes are on Adam Lind
By KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

Blue Jays' Adam Lind (right), Colby Rasmus (left) and Brett Lawrie leave the field after morning workouts in Dunedin Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. The Jays start Grapefruit League action Saturday against the Tigers. (Fred Thornhill/Reuters)

DUNEDIN, FLA. - When the Blue Jays say they are going to put their best team on the field game each game this year, one of the areas they're going to be focusing on throughout spring training is Adam Lind's value against left-handed pitching.

In a perfect scenario, manager John Gibbons would like to write Lind’s name down every night, probably batting fifth against righties, sixth against lefties.

“Ideally, if he bounces back and hits the way he did a few years ago — lefty, righty, no matter - then we’ve got a chance to be really good,” Gibbons said.

But that’s not a given. Lind has struggled against left-handers the past three seasons and his on-base percentage and slugging splits are dramatically lower against lefties.



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