Lind is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Pirates, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. With the left-handed Francisco Liriano taking the mound for Pittsburgh, Lind will be replaced at first base by Dae-Ho Lee. Lind will likely return to the lineup Wednesday, as Gerrit Cole is scheduled to start for the Pirates.
Lind is out of the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays. Lind typically sits against left-handed starters, so it's no surprise that he'll find himself on the bench with southpaw J.A. Happ twirling for the Jays. Dae-Ho Lee gets the starting nod at first base in place of LInd.
Lind hit a walk-off pinch-hit three-run home run in Monday's win over the White Sox. Lind was just 3-for-31 since July 4 with a 1:9 BB:K and desperately needed a hit like this to break out of his slump. He still owns a brutal .230/.262/.440 overall line, however, and he is at best a platoon player, as Dae-Ho Lee (.279/.325/.495) should be expected to get the bulk of starts at first base against left-handed pitching.
Lind is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Astros. With lefty Dallas Keuchel on the hill for the Astros, Lind will take a seat Tuesday while Dae-Ho Lee takes over at first base and bats fifth in the order. Lind has hit for a better average against lefties (.261) than he has against righties (.241) this season, but he has put up much better power numbers against right-handers with 11 home runs. He figures to rejoin the lineup Wednesday when the Mariners face Mike Fiers.
Lind had four hits Saturday against the Orioles, including two doubles and his 12th home run of the season. Lind is still plodding along, trying to find the mastery of right-handed pitching he's shown in years past. He has three multi-hit games in his last nine games, however, and his power is still strong -- his .188 ISO is a three-year high. Lind is striking out a more this season (22 percent) than usual, and his walks are down considerably at 4.7 percent. If he gets a little luckier on balls in play (.250) and improves his plate discipline a bit, his average could come up in the second half.