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The Mayberry Post

John Mayberry's stats projected out.

The Mayberry Post

John Mayberry Jr.´s match up favorably to Ryan Howard´s this season. (Ben Margot/AP Photo)
John Mayberry Jr.'s match up favorably to Ryan Howard's this season. (Ben Margot/AP Photo)

A few weeks back, a commenter suggested looking at John Mayberry's numbers projected out to the same number of plate appearances that Ryan Howard had. Since Howard sat out Thursday with a cramped hand and Mayberry homered (seen rounding the bases at left), we thought this was as good a time as any.

And, as it turns out, Mayberry's projected numbers are very close to the stats that Howard has actually put up. More than anything, that tells us it just might be time to give JM Jr. a chance to validate those projections.

     Mayberry       Mayberry    Howard
  Actual Projected Actual
Plate App. 194 519 519
At-Bats 179 479 451
Runs 22 59 66
Hits 47 126 115
Doubles 13 35 36
Triples 0 0 1
Home Runs 10 27 26
RBI 34 91 95
Walks 13 35 57
Strikeouts 38 102 135
Batting Avg. .263 .263 .255
Slugging Pct.     .503 .505 .490
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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