While I was reading http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/pinch-hitting-specialists-a-history/ this interesting history of the use of pinch hitting I got back to my thinking about how we can use Frank Thomas most efficiently. My thinking was that if he's a huge injury risk / good hitter when in, then getting him the most at-bats at crucial points in the game would be a benefit.
But Niall, having him hit behind Chavez will get Chavvy better pitches to hit!
Niall: Oh ya, well having him on the bench will prevent the other team from using left handed relievers in late innings.
But Niall having him in the everyday lineup will get him in the batters box the most while leaving him on the bench is a waste.
Niall: We can make the playoffs without him, so why not try and keep him healthy for the playoffs when we'll need him most!