Splits notes: Adam Lind adept vs. LHPs
Updated: May 4, 2011, 2:14 PM ETBy Eric Karabell
Most fantasy owners probably don't care if their hitters are effective against right-handed or left-handed pitchers, as long as they're effective, period. But for those owners who avoided Toronto Blue Jays DH/first baseman Adam Lind this season, it's his work against southpaws that absolutely defined his awful 2010 campaign. Lind hit an atrocious .117 against lefties last season, with a .341 OPS. He drew five walks compared to 52 strikeouts. What was truly amazing is that Lind kept getting thrown into the Jays' lineup against lefties. The nightmare didn't stop!
Then again, the lefty-hitting Lind hit lefty pitching just fine in his breakout 2009 campaign, and so far this season he has had few issues. In fact, Lind is hitting a cool .355 against lefties so far, with three doubles and a home run last week off Texas Rangers lefty Matt Harrison. It's a small sample size, but with 11 hits against lefties in the first month, Lind is close to reaching last season's total of 16. Don't expect his success to continue at quite the same rate, but at least Lind hasn't been an automatic out against lefties. If he can hold his own and continue to do fine work against right-handers, he's back to being a 30-homer, 100-RBI threat that doesn't kill your team's batting average. That would make him a top-100 fantasy player.
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