Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Thames, Granderson and Guillen

Some notes about tonight's game and beyond:

According to Jason Beck, Marcus Thames is going to be the regular left fielder for a while. I'm not sure if he's going to bat third against right-handers as well as left-handers but he got a homer the first time up against lefty starter Joe Saunders tonight. The next time up, he just missed another when he hit a deep fly to left. As I type this, Thames is batting .254/.315/.462 with 4 home runs in 65 at bats. He replaces Matt Joyce who was batting .212/.276/.519 with 5 homers in 52 at bats. Joyce had gone 0 for 9 with 6 strike outs in his last 2 games.

Jim Leyland also announced that Curtis Granderson is going to bat against most lefties from now on. This is a good move because they need his glove in center and he isn't going to learn to hit lefties if he doesn't face them. He is one for two with a great diving catch so far tonight.

Carlos Guillen is sitting tonight and tomorrow to deal with his hemorrhoid problem. Brandon Inge is playing third. I think he should stay at third with Guillen at DH but I don't think that's the plan.


  1. I don't know about Thames in left. He's underrated defensively, but really has never hit righties well enough to be an everyday guy out there. He's best as a platoon player.

  2. I agree with that but they don't have a good platoon partner right now so I don't mind the move. Joyce has been awful the past few games. I don't think there is any danger of Thames staying there a long time if he doesn't hit. Leyland has never had the same patience with Thames as he had with Monroe.

  3. And I know you'd like to see Raburn get a chance at a full time job and I would too but I've kind of accepted the idea that Leyland doesn't want to give him one.

  4. AnonymousMay 29, 2008

    I would love to see Inge at 3B every game and Guillen at DH. It almost makes too much sense. We'll see if they go in that direction.



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