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nycredsfan
04-22-2006, 12:26 PM
From reading all the game threads, it would seem that everyone on here pretty much agrees that Narron rarely if ever constructs the "optimal" lineup for this team. I am not talking about who is and is not playing, but rather just what order those who are playing are batting. The fact is, however, that this offense regardless of the order they are batting are producing runs at an astonishing rate. I have read a bit about this before, but there are much better baseball minds than mine on here that I would enjoy hearing their answer to the following question. How important is lineup construction in regards to offensive production?

Here are a couple of studies that both seem pretty sound to me, but come to pretty different conclusions on the topic.

http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/story/2006/2/12/133645/296

http://www.retrosheet.org/Research/RuaneT/lineup_art.htm