Found April 08, 2012 on Phillies Nation:
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Laynce Nix made just his seventh career start at first base last night. He also laid down only his fifth career sacrifice bunt attempt. There were a number of things in that sequence that made me scratch my head, the least of which was the actual Nix bunt.As it played out in real time, I was conversing with Bill Baer (@crashburnalley) of Crashburn Alley. Bill is a man of numbers, truth and justice. I suggested the move that ended up playing out, minus the bunt, and Bill quickly pointed something out:I was surprised but Bill was probably right: Nix is .253/.296/.450 against righties and John Mayberry Jr. .232/.313/.438. Mayberry gives you a slightly better chance of getting on base if you keep him in while Nix gives you a slightly better chance of hitting a double or HR. Since Nix was in front of Mayberry, the decision should have been predicated on what Nix could do and it should not have been a reactionary decision based on what Nix did. Perhaps the most perplexing decision of the ...
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