Tuesday, August 21, 2012

2012 Topps #353 John Mayberry, Jr.

Phillies 12, Reds 5
Game 122 - Monday Night, August 20th in Philadelphia
Record - 57-65, Tied for 3rd Place, 19 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The bats came out again as the Phillies easily handled the first place Reds, 12-5.

What It Means:  Sure, the season is a bust.  But wouldn't it be slightly redeeming if the Phils were to finish with a .500 record?  They're now only eight games under the break-even point.  The win also moved them into a tie for third place with the Mets.  It's the first time the Phillies haven't been in last or fourth place since April 16th.

What Went Right:  Everyone in the starting line-up had at least one hit, with John Mayberry, Jr. swinging the biggest bat.  Mayberry had three hits, including an RBI-single in the fifth and a two-run home run in the sixth.  Domonic Brown gave the Phillies the lead with a two-run double following Mayberry's homer.  Ryan Howard (number 8) and Erik Kratz (number 7) also went deep for the Phils.  Juan Pierre added three hits and stole his 30th base of the season.

Starter Roy Halladay battled through seven innings, allowing five runs on ten hits, but his offense provided more than enough support.

Featured Card:  Mayberry has had a disappointing season to this point, hitting just .239 while making 71 starts in the outfield and at first base.  It's hard to tell if he's in the team's plans for 2013, as he was given a shot this year and fell short of expectations.  Mayberry has a short-printed card in the Topps Heritage set this year to go along with his card in the Topps flagship set.


Steve F. said...

Mayberry also has a card in that Phillies "factory set" (or "retail set" or whatever they call that set that is sold at Five Below for $5 and at CBP for $4 (previously $8!)) that is basically a slightly zoomed-in version of that Topps card.

Jim said...

Yep, I opted to go with the bigger picture on the regular Topps set.

I wonder why they felt the need to crop it for the Phillies team set?

Steve F. said...

To draw in suckers like me who need both for their collection?

I accidentally brought the team set version to the ALS Phestival and got that one signed instead of the common one. So to replace it in my binder, I had to buy another team set! Fortunately, because the Phils stink, the sets have been marked down to $4--$3.60 with the season ticket holder discount.