In that mold, Marcus Thames has been a very fun player to have on the team this year. Brought in to compete for the final outfielder spot, his main attribute was his career .265/.337/.509 batting line against left-handed pitchers. This year Thames has continued to hit lefties (.343/.416/.448) but he’s also hit .289/.393/.511 against right-handers, good for an overall wOBA of .387 in 133 plate appearances. He’s also provided his share of memorable moments. On top of his home run last night, he hit a walk-off against Jonathan Papelbon at the Stadium earlier in the season.
Defensively, Thames is atrocious, and because of that he’s never going to be an everyday player. Joe Girardi tried platooning him in LF at the beginning of the season, but his defense proved so bad that that just couldn’t last. But if Thames can continue to hit like this the rest of the season, he’s a great option for a DH platoon with Lance Berkman, and having him available off of the bench is an advantage for the Yankees late in games.… Click here to read the rest