Unfortunately for the Phils, Pierre got so much playing time due to Mayberry's brutal start to the season.
First off, I never understood why Amaro had so much faith in him being the everyday guy simply based on two months of 2011. Even he started losing it as he went looking for anybody who was anybody prior to the season who could hit from the left side of the plate.
But Mayberry had to succeed early for this team to get going. Without Howard & Utley for the first half, JMjr's bat was critical in adding some power to the middle of the lineup. But, it's looking like JMjr is exactly what he his - a player with holes in his game that prevented him from reaching the ML level until later in his 20s with a team as desperate for offense as the Mariners were at the time.
Mayberry's 2012 Splits
First Half: .232 AVG / .646 OPS
Second Half: .279 AVG / .773 OPS
Mayberry's Career Splits
First Half: .230 AVG / .693 OPS
Second Half: .285 AVG / .847 OPS
Starting to see a pattern here. For Pierre, it's been a great personal season for him. He'll likely get a ML contract this offseason and well-deserved. This year (statistically) was one of his best in a long time.
"Chuckie doesn't take on 2-0. Chuckie's hackin'." - Chuck Carr two days prior to being released by the Milwaukee Brewers