Phillies' Nick Williams has an issue with computers after sitting again

Nick Williams has started two of the Phillies' first six games this season. He says his performance last season as a rookie should have earned him more playing time.

Phillies fans showered rookie manager Gabe Kapler with boos Thursday in the team's home opener. One of Kapler's players voiced milder displeasure with the skipper after the game.

Right fielder Nick Williams took issue with Kapler's commitment to analytics after not playing against Marlins left-hander Caleb Smith, and for starting just two of the team's first six games this season.

"I guess the computers are making (the decision), I don't know,” the left-handed-hitting Williams told reporters after a 5-0 Phils victory, per Philly.com. “I don’t get any of it but what can I do? I’m not going to complain about it because I have zero power. I’m just letting it ride.”

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That non-complaint complaint was a dig at Kapler's almost robotic tendency to play matchups, although Smith was the first left-handed starter to face the Phillies this season.

Williams was proficient vs. lefties as a rookie last season: He produced a .274/.333/.405 slash line and two home runs in 93 plate appearances. The .738 OPS was 100 points lower than his OPS against right-handers, however, which Kapler has no doubt noticed.

“I'm 24. I don’t have crazy experience but at the same time I don’t need to prove anything because of what I did last year off of great pitchers," Williams said, per Philly.com.

Kapler also wants to find playing time for four outfielders — Williams, Rhys Hoskins, Odubel Herrera and Aaron Altherr — and rookie utility player Scott Kingery.

That juggling act left Herrera miffed at not starting on Opening Day against Braves right-hander Julio Teheran, and Williams was miffed at having to face Mets flamethrower Noah Syndergaard on Wednesday after not being in the lineup since Opening Day.

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“Coming in and facing a guy throwing 100 right away? That’s kind of set up for failure,” he said, per Philly.com. Williams struck out and grounded out in his two at-bats vs. Syndergaard.

Williams told reporters he has "no say" because he's "not a veteran," but he is clearly not too happy, a condition that appears to be widespread in Philly at present.