Beerleaguers want more John Mayberry Jr. and less Laynce Nix and Ty Wigginton while Ryan Howard recovers from injury. However, Ruben Amaro Jr. told MLB Radio yesterday that Wigginton will play first regularly while Mayberry and Nix will share responsibilities in left.
"Ty Wigginton starting and John Mayberry and Laynce Nix platooning in left? If that's how it pans out, it means that the best player of the three will get the least number of plate appearances. I have no problem with a Wigginton-Nix platoon at first until Ryan Howard gets back. Nix versus right-handed pitching is still a better matchup than Wigginton versus righties. Of course, the wild card is Jim Thome, who is a better matchup against right-handed pitching than either one of them. At least against a righty, Cholly should start Thome as often as he is physically capable of playing -- which probably isn't very often." - bay_area_phan
"Take Amaro's comments with a grain of salt until spring training starts but it wouldn't surprise me if things play out that way. The smart choice is to make Mayberry the full-time starter in left field because of his defense and his speed on the basepaths. If they want to spot start Nix against a veteran right-handed pitcher with a good change-up (offspeed pitch that Mayberry generally struggles with) that's fine. Wigginton is the worst player at this point of the three because of his severe defensive limitations, his lack of speed, and an offensive game that has atrophied considerably. Since '09, Wigginton has had one really solid streak of about 4-to-six6 week of really good offensive production and then his bat slumbers for the rest of the year." - MG
"Especially without Howard, Mayberry's presence in the lineup is needed everyday. If they platoon Nix with Wiggington at first, that's fine I guess. But Mayberry should be playing every day to start the season because he brings defense and speed to the table along with some power and has earned the right to get a shot at the full-time job. I really like how everyone, optimists and pessimists alike, are pretty much writing off Wiggington before he even puts on the uniform. I'm in the same boat. He looks very Helmsish to me. And I absolutely will not believe that they're going to platoon Nix until I actually see him out there on opening day. I refuse to believe it. You're really planning on giving this guy around 300 at bats while letting Domonic Brown sit in the minors. Even giving Mayberry a shot at RHP as a full-time LF makes more sense than putting Nix on the field in any kind of platoon role. I absolutely refuse to believe it." - Iceman