Originally Posted by Blitz Dorsey
You have no idea if this is true or not. I can't say I'm absolutely sure it would cost them a game (or three) and you can't say you're absolutely sure it wouldn't. Neither of us know for sure.
But it definitely COULD cost them a win. Janish can't hit and can't get on base. But he's likely going to get more ABs than a better hitter in a particular game if you bat him second. That could cost you a win very easily. If you need a punch-and-judy hitter like Janish in your lineup due to defense, you bat him eighth. Only Dusty (who I otherwise like) can't see this.
1. Batting order really doesn't have much effect on runs scored.
2. Janish will get pinch hit for in any crucial situation.
3. Games are decided by a collection of factors, the most important ones are who plays and who doesn't. Factors as small as where players are batting do not decide games on their own.