Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Adam Lind is ridiculously awesome

There's some spooky numerological stuff going on with Adam Lind right now.

In 22 games since being recalled on June 22, Adam Lind has 22 RsBI. Weird.

Lind also has five homers, a .361 OBP and a .641 slugging percentage. Which adds up to a 1.002 OPS...which is really good. (Small sample size or not.)

In those 22 games since being mercifully brought back into the fold, Lind has one fewer homer than Alex Rios has in 94 games this season.

If Lind were to maintain that pace over a full season, he'd drive in 162 runs, hit 37 homers, and generally make everyone forget about whatshisname with the stupid chin hair and old creaky legs from the days of old.

(BTW, for those of you who are still pining for Reed Johnson, we'd note that the boy has a .717 OPS in 65 games with the Cubs. So stop.)

All of this raises two questions for us:

1) Who's idea was it to send Adam Lind down for more seasoning?
2) How can you trust the talent evaluation skills of someone who can make such an egregious error?

Mrs. Tao's Baseball Analysis
Our better half, upon seeing Brad Wilkerson's diving catch in the nervous ninth last night: "Holy shit! That's the second time this week that he's made an awesome catch like that! Why doesn't he play more often?"

We love her dearly and admire the straightforward simplicity of her assessment of Wilkerson. She might just be ready to be a JaysTalk caller.

13 comments:

edgeworth said...

Small sample size be damned. This kid is performing like more of a big-leaguer than most of the struggling big-leaguers on this club. I am prepared to help construct the Adam Lind bandwagon, though I fear I’m a week or so too late. Keep it up young fella!

As for Johnny Mac, I’ve always appreciated his defensive prowess, but for a squad with hitting difficulties, that just doesn’t cut it. If he can have more games like last night (I understand he's enjoying a hitting streak), I’ll give him another chance, but until then, I think we might be wasting our time with him. Too bad – he seems like a pretty good kid. Prove me wrong Johnny!

The Southpaw said...

And the Mayans say the world will come to an end in 2012. Omit the "01" in the middle, and you've got yourself another 22.

Spooky.

Tao of Stieb said...

Was Esteban Loaiza a Mayan?

MK Piatkowski said...

I, for one, am incredibly curious about what Johnny Mac's numbers are with RISP. It just seems to me that when he does hit, he makes it count.

Chris said...

McDonald had 2 RBI's going into last night.

Ghostrunner said...

A solid 3 for 14, good for a sparkling .214 average with RISP this year.

Tao of Stieb said...

On the Blue Jays this year, .214 IS a really good avg w/ RISP.

the ack said...

He should be hitting in the 3-hole with those inflated numbers.

Anonymous said...

Reed Johnson is hitting .379 with RISP, and has an OPS of 1.007. So maybe YOU should stop.

Darren Priest said...

I couldn't find the stat quoted by anonymous. Just wondering if that was an attempt at a joke or if those are Reed Johnson's numbers with RISP since joining the Cubs.

I don't miss Reed Johnson at all. To me, he's the archetype player of the Jays recent years of mediocrity. But at least he's playing where baseball is "breakfast, lunch, and dinner" and he make have a World Series ring on his hand next year. I doubt he misses Toronto either.

Tao of Stieb said...

No, in fact, the anonymous jerkwad is absolutely correct.

In 70 PA's with RISP, Johnson has a 1.006 OPS...

With nobody on (128 PA's), he's got a .562 OPS.

Bizarre.

So we guess that means he's not a table setter.

His batting average on balls in play with RISP is .365, whereas with no one on, it is .253. So maybe he's hitting through a lot of drawn in infields? Who knows?

silvestre said...

Who cares about Reed vs. Shannon? No difference-makers either way. Lind, however, is a difference maker and his extended stay in the minors was costly. That is a reason to direct hatred and scorn at JP much more than the Stewart signing, IMHO.

Buck16 said...

At least your wife notices something other than the colour of the uniforms before telling you to change the goddamn channel to HGTV ...