The Marlins used a left-handed starting pitcher in each of the first two games of the series at Citizens Bank Park which meant Ryan Howard‘s new platoon partner, Tommy Joseph, started back-to-back games for the first time in his major league career. In the first of those games, Joseph recorded the first big league hit. In the second game, Joseph went 3-for-4 and did this:
For a team that would be the worst hitting team in the majors were it not for the historically abysmal performance by the 2016 Braves, the 24-year-old Joseph’s offensive outburst was a remarkably refreshing development. Naturally, the fact that the proverbial kid has found success in the first few days of his major league career has led to speculation about playing time. More specifically, it’s led to speculation about whether the time has come to end Ryan Howard’s platoon role and use Joseph as the everyday first baseman.