Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
I just don't think that makes sense mathematically, though I could be wrong.
A runner on first is in scoring position with Votto up there. A votto extra base hit is going to score him anyway. A single will send him to 3B and runners on 1st and 3rd with the rest of the line-up coming up is better than Hamilton on Second and Votto being walked. I don't think Votto will ever get a chance to drive in a runner from second base with 1B open whether its Hamilton or anyone else on base. IF Votto makes an out, Hamilton gets in the same position anyway most likely. If they want him to take another base for Ludwick and the boys, he can always steal after Votto is out. I just don't take the chance of him being thrown out with Votto hitting not to mention the larger hole between 1B and 2B with a runner on first giving Votto an even bigger advantage.
Of course, If I was the opposition, I'd walk Votto anyway if there is some one on base whether its first or second. But the teams of the NL will pitch to him in that situation.