He was just named the Tiger's player of the month...the funny thing is his BA for the month and HR were basically the same as his pace for the year, since he didn't really play in April. With the frustration of streaky Ensberg and Soriano, I have really noticed how consistent Thames is. He hasn't gone nuts, but has stayed solid...and I think he'll end up with around a .290 average, 30+ HR, and possibly 100 RBI, at least 90 tho (he has started batting 3rd occassionally which should help). There is a lot of value to a guy like that, especially in head-to-head, yet I don't hear much talk about him, probably because his yearly RBI and R totals are a little less due to his lack of PT in April...but it seems like he is emerging as a possible stud.
Part of it is because he is in Detroit, and well, depending on where you are, Detroit doesn't get much national coverage.
I've been debating for weeks about adding him, talking to friends that are Tigers fans, trying to find out if he is for real. I think its just slowly dawning on folks that Detroit is for real this year, and as that finally sinks in, their lineup will be picked over.
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I guess that is kinda my point...he's been hot for 2 straight months, I'm starting to think its for real. Also, if you look at his career stats, even with sparatic playing time, he has always hit at a 30+ HR/year pace, if you project his numbers out to a full year...He has 35 HR in 542 career AB.
Not too shabby a pick up for me. Not much for RBIs (mostly, RBI opps are situational anyway... simply means the guys batting before him aren't getting on base) but if you need a pure slugger who has (so far) been hitting for avg., too and not punching out a lot, you've got a solid commodity... Adam Dunn without all the K's and a much better BA.
The big question is how long will he keep this up? Impossible to say, as there isn't a lot of history behind him but he does have power.
I think being w/ detroit, though, a lot of people are waiting for the other shoe to drop and the Tigers to tank. I think they have too much talent this year for a complete collapse on both sides of the ball.
Everything I have read on him suggests that the power is legit and that the avg will come back down to the 260-270 mark. But since he was just floating around on waivers, he's a steal no matter what. I think 30 homers is very acheivable for him, with at worst, a serviceable average. Not too many of these guys come around every year.