|Pitch F/X courtesy of Brooks Baseball|
Quickly glancing at the Pitch F/X above, it might not look so bad. However, if you click on the image and look right at Lind's ankles, you'll see the pitch placement of where Adam Lind swung and missed. It's not pretty.
I've seen golf swings by my brother that were better looking than Lind's hack on strike three, and my brother has played golf all of about three times in his entire life. At least he swings in the general vicinity of the ball.
Had Lind just stood there and not swung, the ball likely either would've hit him or skipped all the way to the backstop and probably scored the game-tying run from third base. Instead, Adam Lind swung at a pitch ankle-height and inside which ended the game.
For those masochists out there who are looking to dig a little deeper, check out it from the MLB GameDay angle. I think this one actually makes it look a little worse.
Perhaps I'm being a little harsh on a guy who just witnessed the birth of his first child. But this was not an isolated incident, it was a pattern that presented itself for the better part of the entire season. What I'm saying is Adam Lind was basically masquerading as a cleanup hitter in 2011.
While part of the blame lies on the player, I would also say John Farrell should shoulder a brunt of the blame as well. Why did Farrell continue to run Lind out there in the number four spot when he was clearly struggling?
It hearkened back to CitoCity in 2009 when the manager paraded Alex Rios and Vernon Wells in the 3 and 4 spots night after night, and didn't make a change until a third of the way through the season. I think some of the onus lies on the manager as well.
In the grand scheme of things, this was really just one at bat and one bad pitch that Adam Lind swung at. I fully admit to making a mountain out of a molehill here, but these were the kind of games the Blue Jays need to win if they want to make the playoffs.
And as the Red Sox and Rays can surely attest to, every single game counts. You can't just give away wins because they will come back to haunt you later, and the Blue Jays need to capitalize on opportunities such as the one last night in Chicago.
Unfortunately, when the game is on the line, I just don't trust Adam Lind anymore. When I turned to Sportsnet and saw the bases loaded with Adam Lind at the plate, my mind foreshadowed what was about to happen; a strikeout.
I sincerely hope that Adam Lind can clear his head in the offseason and recharge his batteries in the offseason and do whatever he needs to do to come back in 2012 as a refreshed player.
I wouldn't expect Lind to return to his 2009 self, but something a little better than his 2010 and 2011 incarnation would a nice compromise.