Heading into the beginning of this season, I thought Craig Monroe and Marcus Thames were interchangeable parts. They were basically the same type of player (25 homeruns, mediocre fielding corner outfielder) so I always felt since Monroe was given more time, he’d be the best guy to trade since he has more value. Then Monroe stuggled out of the gate while Thames tore it up in a part time role, eventually working himself into the lineup with more frequency.
Now, the tables have turned and Monroe has been red hot. Both he and Thames hit homeruns yesterday, but Monroe is now at .276/.311/.507 while Thames is at .273/.346/.587. I’d still rather have Thames in there every day, but it’s hard to argue with Leyland riding Monroe’s hot streak.
Francisco Liriano is a great pitcher, until he throws against the Tigers. Once again, Zach Miner outdueled the phenom. Although Jesse Crain’s four walks in the seventh were just as big of a reason for the Twins loss then Liriano was. The Twins had pulled the game to within a single run before Crain blew up in that four run seventh inning.
Tonight we have Brad Radke going up against Nate Robertson.