Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Game 42: Mayberry earns fourth straight start

There is a lefty on the mound for Colorado and Ben Francisco is not starting.

Game 42: Mayberry earns fourth straight start

John Mayberry Jr. is in the Phillies´ lineup for the fourth consecutive game. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
John Mayberry Jr. is in the Phillies' lineup for the fourth consecutive game. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

There is a lefty on the mound for Colorado and Ben Francisco is not starting.

It's just another sign that Charlie Manuel has soured on Francisco, who is 4 for his last 42 (.095) with zero extra-base hits. Repeat, zero. (The last extra-base hit for Francisco was exactly three weeks ago, a double on April 27.)

Combine that with John Mayberry Jr.'s recent performance (2 for 10 with two walks, three steals and a home run) in his last three starts and Manuel is going with him. Not that 2 for 10 is anything to celebrate, but right now it's a boon to the Phillies' lineup.

Shane Victorino (no surprise) remains out. Carlos Ruiz is back in, and moved up a spot to seventh.

Is it time for the Phillies to call up Domonic Brown from the minors?
Yes. They need him in the lineup now.
No. Ruben Amaro Jr. says he's not ready yet.
It's way past time. He should have been called up long ago.

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Michael Martinez 8
3. Placido Polanco 5
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. John Mayberry Jr. 9
6. Raul Ibanez 7
7. Carlos Ruiz 2
8. Wilson Valdez 4
9. Cole Hamels 1

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