Lind struggles to find footing early in Seattle

'It's been a weird first home week,' first baseman says

April 12th, 2016
Adam Lind was 1-for-15 entering Monday as the 32-year-old has struggled against left-handed pitching.

SEATTLE -- Adam Lind was acquired in the offseason as Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto aimed to bolster Seattle's lineup against right-handed pitching. Lind then immediately saw his new team face four southpaw starters in its first six games.

The 32-year-old got off to a slow start, going 1-for-15 in those games while splitting time with right-handed platoon partner Dae-Ho Lee, but says he's getting his timing down now and is looking forward to playing more often in the days ahead.

"I feel OK," Lind, who went 0-for-2 in Monday's 7-3 loss to the Rangers. "I just started off slow. I had a tough matchup [on] Opening Day and I haven't played every day. It's been a little slower process."

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Manager Scott Servais played Lind in the season opener against Rangers ace lefty Cole Hamels, but otherwise intends to use him mostly against right-handed starters. That means two starts against the Rangers to finish the homestand, at least two against the Yankees to open the next road trip and potentially all three games to follow in Cleveland since the Indians have an all-righty rotation.

"I don't really know what's going on in the near future, but it's always nice to get some playing time," Lind said.

Lind spent his first eight Major League seasons with Toronto before getting traded to the Brewers last year and then the Mariners. He's typically received about 500 at-bats per season, even when used in platoon situations.

What is the ideal at-bats for a guy who has a career OPS of .860 vs. right-handers compared to .585 against lefties?

"As many as I can get is the right number," he said with a laugh.

The Indiana native lives in Florida in the offseasons with his wife and two kids, so establishing a new home and getting comfortable in a new park with a new club have all been part of the adjustment as well.

"I think it's everybody, not just me," Lind said. "It's been a weird first home week. My family lives in Tampa, so this isn't the most convenient place, and there have been some bumps in the road as far as getting settled in. But those are things you need to deal with when you're playing professional baseball."

Lind's track record says he'll help once he gets rolling. He hit .305 with 35 homers and 114 RBIs for the Blue Jays in 2009 and has averaged 16 homers and 65 RBIs with a .291/.364/.478 line the past three seasons with Toronto and Milwaukee.