Thames remains out of the lineup Wednesday against the Padres. As expected, Thames remains stuck on the bench with yet another lefty (Matt Strahm) on the mound for San Diego. He'll have a good chance to start the final four games of the week, however, as the Reds will throw four straight righties. Yasmani Grandal gets the start at first base in Thames' stead Wednesday.
Thames will remain on the bench against lefty Logan Allen and the Padres on Tuesday. The Padres are starting three straight lefties, so it's likely Thames will be stuck on the bench all series. Jesus Aguilar gets the nod at first base as usual in his absence.
Thames isn't in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Giants, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports. Thames will get the night off with a lefty in Drew Pomeranz slated to take the mound for San Francisco. Jesus Aguilar draws the start at first base and is hitting seventh in Thames' absence.
Thames went 2-for-5 with a double and a home run in Wednesday's victory over the Astros. Thames went nearly the entire month of May without a home run, but he has picked up in the pace of that department of late, hitting four home runs over nine games since May 30. He is platooning with Jesus Aguilar at first base, but just three southpaws have started against the Brewers since May 17, which has allowed Thames to play nearly every day. Thanks to his recent hot stretch, his OPS now sits at a healthy .865 for the season.
Thames will sit Sunday against southpaw Steven Brault and the Pirates. Thames hasn't started against a lefty all season. The platoon role has suited him well, as he's posted a strong .254/.377/.471 slash line. Jesus Aguilar takes over at first base.