For starters, Manto is no fan of on-base percentage, partly because he believes its emphasis on walks does not take into account that a base-on-balls is not always a desired or productive result.
While dismissing runs created, Manto offered his own statistical category: "runs produced" -- measured by adding runs and RBI, subtracting home runs from that total and dividing that number by games played.
"It's as important as on-base percentage," Manto said, "because it is a tremendous evaluator of who is a total offensive player."
Adhering to Manto's formula, it should also come as no surprise that Bay (1.12) and Sanchez (1.07) rank as the Pirates' top total offensive players.
"Those two guys excel at scoring runs and knocking them in," Manto said.
Bay's 57 extra-base hits and Sanchez's 54 were most among Pirates prior to last night.
"Somehow, some way, you have to get to second base," said Manto. "That's why, to me, on-base percentage doesn't mean a lot for an individual player ... I mean, it's great to get on base, but does the player get to second or beyond and score runs? If not, what good is him just getting on base?"