For all the talk about Freddy Galvis, the lack of home runs, and who should be leading off, a big offensive issue so far has been the Phillies' first basemen.
Through the first week of the season, John Mayberry Jr., Ty Wigginton, Laynce Nix and Jim Thome are a combined 5-for-34 (.147) with nine strikeouts and one extra-base hit. In terms of those guys strictly as first basemen, they are 3-for-20 (.150) with zero extra-base hits on the season. And defensively, they aren't exactly conjuring up memories of Travis Lee and Rico Brogna out there.
It could be a long wait for Ryan Howard to return, though in fairness, Howard usually struggles in the season's first month. Tonight we can expect either Wigginton or Mayberry to play first base against Miami lefty Mark Buehrle.
For what it's worth - probably not much - Wigginton's career splits as a first baseman pale in comparison to his numbers at other positions:
First base: 262 games, 810 at-bats, .240/.309/.383
Second base: 168 games, 565 at-bats, .296/.345/.520
Third base: 657 games, 2240 at-bats, .261/.321/.438
And for what it's worth - probably even less - Mayberry's career splits actually favor him as a first baseman. In a major way.
First base: 20 games, 52 at-bats, .385/.396/.615
Left field: 50 games, 104 at-bats, .221/.299/.413
Center field: 34 games, 109 at-bats, .229/.288/.459