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Nix eager to change numbers against lefties

Nix eager to change numbers against lefties

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Nix eager to change numbers against lefties
PHILADELPHIA -- Laynce Nix has one at-bat against a left-handed pitcher this season.

He crushed the ball for a double.

But when there were opportunities for Nix to pinch-hit against Mets left-hander Tim Byrdak on Monday and Tuesday, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel had Erik Kratz and Ty Wigginton hit instead. It was not a surprise, even though Nix has been the team's most productive hitter through 30 games. Nix is a .254 hitter with a .752 OPS against right-handers in his career, but just a .185 hitter with a .518 OPS against left-handers.

"You can't argue with the numbers, but I don't have a problem right now facing left-handers," Nix said. "I want to face that guy. I want that at-bat. I understand the reasoning. Charlie knows what he's doing, so I can't argue with it. I had all the confidence in the world that Kratz was going to get that run in. But do I want the at-bat? Yeah."

Nix is battling soreness in his left calf and is day to day, which was why he was not in the lineup Tuesday against Mets right-hander Miguel Batista, though the Phillies could have used him. His .578 slugging percentage is the best on the team.

It remains unlikely Nix will get a start against a left-handed starter any time soon, but Nix is hopeful he'll get a chance to face some left-handers late in games.

"It is a tough label, and you can't do anything about it if you don't get a chance to face them," Nix said.

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