Originally Posted by Plus Plus
I don't think that any batter comes to the plate with the thought of "OK, what I really want to do here is fly out to left field. I will do everything that I can to make sure that I hit the ball in the air in a place where the fielder can catch it."
Sure, the approach might be to hit the ball in the air, but I bet 101 out of 100 ballplayers would rather hit a home run than a sacrifice fly. The same goes for grounding out to the second baseman to advance a runner from second to third- what player wants to get out instead of getting a hit?
Ok, the logic of getting a base hit or hitting a home run trumping a sac fly is obvious. Of course that's assuming he sees a ball he can drive first.
But, if it's my teammate, he better expand his zone his zone a little bit and swing at something he can lift deep enough to score the run if given the chance.