Mayberry is likely starter in LF

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Charlie Manuel said John Mayberry Jr. will likely start in left field in Game 3 of the NLDS. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

ST. LOUIS — It should come as no surprise that Charlie Manuel will likely insert John Mayberry Jr. into his Game 3 lineup.

The Phillies faced 19 lefthanded starters after July 4 (Mayberry's last recall) and Mayberry started 18 of those games. He started the final 12 of the season against lefties.

So with Jaime Garcia on the mound, Mayberry will replace Raul Ibanez in left. Manuel said that is "more than likely" to happen, which in Charlie language means, yes, it will happen.

Ibanez was 3 for 8 in the first two games of the NLDS with a home run, but two stats suggest he should sit. Ibanez's OPS is 162 points lower against lefthanded pitching in 2011. And his road OPS is 256 points lower than at home.

Mayberry has a .306/.358/.595 slash line against lefties this season. He's also 3 for 6 against Garcia in 2011.


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