Thames is not on the 25-man NLDS roster ahead of the Brewers' series with the Rockies. As expected, Thames will not be available for the best-of-five as the club begins its first postseason series since 2011. The slugger wasn't able to carve out any reliable playing time down the stretch, hitting just .133/.235/.283 with two home runs and five RBI in 60 at-bats dating back to the start of August. In his place, manager Craig Counsell made room for infielders Hernan Perez and Jonathan Schoop, while outfielders Keon Broxton and Domingo Santana also made the roster.
Thames walked as a pinch hitter in Sunday's victory over the Pirates. Thames still owns a respectable .780 OPS on the season, but thanks to a lowly .157 batting average since the All-Star break his playing time has almost completely evaporated, as he has just two starts and 15 at-bats this month. If the Brewers are able to lock up a playoff spot by the middle of the week, though, Thames could see a few starts in an effort to get his bat going prior to postseason play.
Thames is out of the starting nine against Cincinnati on Thursday. Thames will continue to spend a majority of his time out of the lineup as Ryan Braun gets a start in left field for the matinee. A lack of productivity hasn't helped Thames earn more plate appearances, as he's just 4-for-40 with 24 strikeouts across 18 games this month.
Thames is out of the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Pirates. Thames returns to the bench for the fourth time in the last six games as he is 4-for-36 with 22 strikeouts in August. Christian Yelich shifts to right field with Ryan Braun starting in left, which may continue to be a common occurrence if Thames continues to struggle.
Thames is out of the lineup against Pittsburgh on Friday. Thames will remain on the bench for a second straight game as Ryan Braun gets another start in left field as Milwaukee welcomes the Pirates to town. Since the start of August, Thames has gone just 3-for-31 (.097 average) with two home runs and 20 strikeouts. With Braun swinging a hot bat, expect to see him receive more action for the time being.