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Yes, but strangely enough Thames has been on fire lately and looking temporarily comfortable batting 8th. Of course it won't last and he'll crash in typical Thames fashion, but if he's still going good when DY returns, why prematurely end the streak? He and Monroe have been deadly lately and have been HUGE in the offense in the homestand. Weirdly enough, Thames has had practically all of his production vs RHP, which is a bit of an oddity for him. I guess it's a nice problem to have.moochman wrote:It should be interesting to see how long the fat man takes in Erie to get ready and how Leyland will handle it. I mean if he couldn't move Shelton when he was on fire, why would he put fatty in when the Tigers are rolling? That he will be replacing Gomez or Thames makes it easier.
That is definitely his biggest drawback and one of the biggest reasons I don't like him very much. His only hope is to be a DH. He has the power to do so and if he can somehow manage to keep his plate discipline about where it is right now (but that is a big if), he would be a good alternative to DY if(when?) he got hurt, especially if he was kept low in the order as opposed to 5th. However, as a backup outfielder, his bad defense isn't very beneficial and that is what he currently is to this team. Hmm, he's kind of like an OF version of Josh Phelps.moochman wrote:So we see that Thames is a poor OFer.
mcqfesijiba wrote:I couldn't help but be impressed watching Santana yesterday. He is one of the best pitchers in all of baseball for a reason. Of course he was helped out with the likes of Santiago AND Infante in the lineup. As mentioned, Infante was absolutely no match for Santana and neither was Santiago. It's unfortunate to face one of baseball's best pitchers and have one of your worst offensive lineups on the field in what turned out to be a close, possibly winnable game.
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