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True story: prior to the beginning of the season, I mailed a letter to both Adam Lind and Aaron Hill congratulating them on their phenomenal 2009 seasons, and asked that they sign the photo I had also sent along in the package.
To this day I still haven’t received a response, but at this point in the season … I’m not sure if I still want one.
It’s a similar sentiment that’s been flowing through the Blue Jays blogosphere as of late, and it begs the question: what on earth do you do with Adam Lind and Aaron Hill?
The Blue Jays find themselves in a similar position as last season with Alex Rios and Vernon Wells. Both players were expected to carry most of the offensive load in the lineup, but instead fizzled for the first 62 games of the season until Cito Gaston finally decided to shake things up.
After struggling through the first 72 games of the season, Cito finally pulled the ripcord on Aaron Hill and Adam Lind’s free fall and sent them down in the lineup last Thursday. Since then though, not much has changed.
While having both Silver Sluggers in such dire straits is concerning, what really has me worried is what’s wrong with Adam Lind. If it seems like he’s striking out every other at bat, it’s because Lind ranks second in the American League with 77 strikeouts.
You can almost picture the exact pitch sequence in your head: Lind swings at a pitch down and away from a left-handed pitcher to strikeout. Well, the scenario isn’t all that far-fetched either because Lind is hitting an abysmal .108 against lefties this year.
With Aaron Hill, it’s a little more forgivable because of his absurdly low BABIP at .183, you can tell he’s hitting into a lot of bad luck plays. By no means does being “unlucky” excuse Hill completely from this slump, but it’s a little easier to take knowing it’s not entirely his fault.
Cito’s already tried to light a fire under Adam Lind and Aaron Hill by shuffling them down in the lineup, and we’re still waiting to see some positive side effects from that managerial decision.
In the meantime, here’s the solution: dress Adam Lind and Aaron Hill in some hippie tie-die clothes and let them get their frustrations out by smashing some windows on Yonge Street.