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"Yeah, I'm aware of that," he said.
He's got a candidate -- himself.
Mayberry drove in five runs to set another career best, Vance Worley pitched well enough and the Phillies got off to a strong start after the All-Star break by beating the New York Mets 7-2 on Friday night.
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Mayberry singled and doubled with the bases loaded. It marked the second straight game where he established a personal high in RBI -- on the Phillies' final day of the first half, he hit three doubles and drove in four runs against Atlanta.
"I definitely feel like I have a great opportunity in front of me," he said.
Now in his third stay with the Phillies this season, Mayberry is beginning to blossom. Of his last 12 hits, 10 have been for extra bases. And he's made good use of some batting tips suggested by manager Charlie Manuel.
"I like big, tall, lanky guys," Manuel said.
Raul Ibanez contributed a home run and a diving catch in left field for the NL East leaders. The Phillies (58-34) own the best record in the majors - no surprise, they also have the best ERA (3.01) in the big leagues.
"We've got to stay after it," Manuel said. "If we keep playing the way we have the last five years, we'll be fine."
Promoted from Triple-A before the game for his fourth stint of the year with Philadelphia, Worley (5-1) pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning. The rookie right-hander, one of the few pitchers who wears glasses on the mound, walked off with a 2.15 ERA.
Worley picked up his first career RBI and avenged his worst start as a major leaguer. The Mets tagged him for eight runs and 12 hits in only three innings at Citi Field on May 29, his lone loss this season.
Phillies closer Ryan Madson came off the disabled list and pitched a perfect seventh inning, striking out two. Philadelphia put All-Star third baseman Placido Polanco on the disabled list because of inflammation in his lower back.
Carlos Beltran hit his 14th homer as the Mets lost their third straight and dropped back to .500. They have gone 1-2 in all three previous series against Philadelphia this year.
"This team has a little window to see where we're headed. Tomorrow, we have to pick up the pieces and try to win the series," losing pitcher R.A. Dickey said.
Down 4-0, New York loaded the bases against the 23-year-old Worley in the sixth with two walks and a single. Manuel summoned lefty reliever Juan Perez, who struck out pinch-hitter Scott Hairston on a wild pitch that scored a run and then retired pinch-hitter Ronny Paulino on a grounder.
"I definitely wanted to finish that inning," Worley said.
Mayberry broke it open with a three-run double in the eighth, which came right after shortstop Ruben Tejada's two-out error. Mayberry was the first batter faced by Ryota Igarashi, recalled from Triple-A earlier in the day to fill the roster spot left when closer Francisco Rodriguez was traded to Milwaukee.
Mayberry hit a two-run single in the second off Dickey (4-8). Worley followed Mayberry's go-ahead hit with a groundout that made it 3-0.
Ibanez ran into the alley to catch Tejada's leadoff drive in the fifth. In the sixth, Ibanez hit his 13th home run and rounded the bases to a mix of boos from Mets fans and calls of "Rauuul!" from Phillies rooters who made the two-hour drive.
|Phillies cruise to victory over the Mets on a five-RBI performance from outfielder John Mayberry Jr. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||5||0||0||0||0||1||1||.264|
|Michael Martinez, 3B||4||0||0||0||1||1||0||.218|
|Chase Utley, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||1||1||.278|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||3||1||0||0||1||0||1||.254|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||2||2||1||0||1||1||.244|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||3||2||2||0||1||0||0||.260|
|Domonic Brown, RF||3||2||0||0||1||1||1||.247|
|John Mayberry Jr., CF||4||0||2||5||0||0||1||.252|
|Vance Worley, P||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||.118|
|Juan Perez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Pete Orr, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.226|
|Ryan Madson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Ross Gload, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.274|
|Michael Stutes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Antonio Bastardo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for J. Perez in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Madson in the 8th|
|2B - Chase Utley (8, Dickey), John Mayberry Jr. (10, Igarashi)|
|HR - Raul Ibanez (13, Dickey)|
|RBI - Raul Ibanez (48), John Mayberry Jr. 5 (24), Vance Worley (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - John Mayberry Jr. 3 (11)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Worley-Rollins-Howard|
|E - Domonic Brown (5, Misplayed grounder)|
|Vance Worley (W,5-1)||5.1||3||1||1||4||4||0||2.15|
|Juan Perez (H,1)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Ryan Madson (H,3)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.97|
|WP - Juan Perez (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Vance Worley 105-69, Juan Perez 8-5, Ryan Madson 10-7, Michael Stutes 36-21, Antonio Bastardo 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vance Worley 6-6, Juan Perez 1-0, Antonio Bastardo 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Vance Worley 23, Juan Perez 2, Ryan Madson 3, Michael Stutes 6, Antonio Bastardo 3|
|New York Mets|
|Angel Pagan, CF||5||0||0||0||0||3||1||.244|
|Justin Turner, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.264|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||2||2||1||1||2||0||1||.287|
|Daniel Murphy, 3B-1B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.307|
|Jason Bay, LF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.234|
|Lucas Duda, 1B||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||.237|
|a- Scott Hairston, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.238|
|Willie Harris, 3B||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.250|
|Josh Thole, C||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.255|
|b- Ronny Paulino, PH-C||2||0||0||0||0||0||4||.315|
|Ruben Tejada, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.255|
|R.A. Dickey, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.133|
|c- Jason Pridie, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.226|
|Tim Byrdak, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryota Igarashi, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|D.J. Carrasco, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Nick Evans, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.100|
|a-struck out (wild pitch) for Duda in the 6th|
|b-grounded out for Thole in the 6th|
|c-struck out for Dickey in the 7th|
|d-popped out for Carrasco in the 9th|
|2B - Daniel Murphy (20, Stutes)|
|HR - Carlos Beltran (14, Stutes)|
|RBI - Carlos Beltran (59)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|PB - Josh Thole (13)|
|E - Ruben Tejada (4, Misplayed grounder)|
|New York Mets|
|R.A. Dickey (L,4-8)||7||6||4||4||2||5||1||3.70|
|IBB - Ruiz by Tim Byrdak|
|WP - R.A. Dickey (4), Ryota Igarashi (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 114-71, Tim Byrdak 16-7, Ryota Igarashi 10-5, D.J. Carrasco 14-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 9-7, Tim Byrdak 2-1, D.J. Carrasco 2-1|
|Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 29, Tim Byrdak 5, Ryota Igarashi 2, D.J. Carrasco 3|
|Attendance - 37304|
|Game Time - 2:59|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Larry Vanover|