If the Phillies Hadn’t Played the Marlins…

The Phillies have had some success against the Miami Marlins in an otherwise uninspired year. They’ve gone 8-4 against the Fish, 21-24 against all other contenders entering Wednesday.

Many players have also enjoyed their best (or worst) personal success against the Marlins in 2013, who are quite easily regarded as one of the more hapless teams running these days, for a variety of reasons.

If the Marlins didn’t exist, just what would the season lines of some members of the lineup look like? I wonder these things to myself, and will now indulge this voice in my head.

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John Mayberry’s Big Night Demonstrates Delmon Young’s Irrelevance

Through his first 111 plate appearances as a Phillie, right fielder Delmon Young has hit about as well as well as we realistically could have expected. He had posted a .304 and .305 weighted on-base average in 2011 and ’12, respectively, and currently sits at .302. The National League average for right fielders is .331. To put it simply, Young has been between two and three runs below average offensively. Despite flashing a strong arm that has surprised those of us (including yours truly) who thought he was in the same company as Juan Pierre and Ben Revere in terms of arm strength, Young has been a trainwreck defensively and he has not added any value on the base paths, making him a net negative to the Phillies.

With the emergence and subsequent takeover of the league by left fielder Domonic Brown (.378 wOBA), playing time has been few and far between for John Mayberry. Ignoring interleague games in which Young was used as a designated hitter, opening up right field, Mayberry has started nine times since the start of May. Six of those were starts in center field for the offensively-impotent Ben Revere, including four games in a row May 14-18 when Charlie Manuel was most frustrated with Revere.

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