d18Mike wrote:Yes and Yes .... and no. You are going to see Thames, Young, Monroe and Casey all moving in an out of the lineup based on platoon advantage and historical match-up. Leyland loves the flexibility. Great for the Tigers -- hard to manage from a FB standpoint, however.
Mostly agreed. I think as long as he is hot, Monroe will be the closest to an everyday player of the bunch. And when Casey is on the bench, none of these guys really benefit, because Pudge Rodriguez has become the alternate first baseman. Also, Magglio Ordonez gets about one day off a week, so that's a spot for Thames to step in to get some more at bats.
Thames and Dmitri Young are at a disadvantage because neither are particularly good defenders, especially Young who might have played his way out of defense altogether with the one game he had recently at first base where he could have easily had 4 errors and couldn't catch simple throws to first base.