Originally Posted by RedEye
Doesn't matter for overall run production if there are "easy" stretches of a lineup. The goal is getting your best hitters more AB's and getting a lot of guys on base in a row. Interrupting your good hitters with out machines is not ideal... Pretty much ever.
And putting your out machines all in a row is not ideal either...pretty much ever. See my point?
Let's just throw out a hypothetical here.
Phillips grounds out, Choo to second.
Bruce pops out. Choo advances to third.
5th hitter flies out.
No runs score. This is not a stretch to expect to happen, right? We put some serious pressure on the pitcher here. That's a positive. We got some guys on base here. That's a positive. We worked up his pitch count. Another positive. And now for the crash back to earth.
Now the pitcher gets to regroup and start fresh against our 6, 7 & 8 hitters. Easy 1-2-3 inning. Pitcher gets into a nice rhythm. Next inning, starts off with the pitcher, quick out and builds on that rhythm. Focuses in to get 2 of the next 3 hitters. Next inning, he's got one tough out (Bruce), then a cake walk to build his rhythm...now we've got a pitcher who's feeling confident and is better than his stats portray him to be.
This is not something that is too hard to see happening.
I just think that spreading them out just a little bit (somewhat like Dusty already does) will make it harder for a pitcher to settle in over the long haul. Ideally, we'd have good hitters spread throughout the lineup, but I'm not in Fantasy-land. We're done with that part of Disney on our vacation. :O)
I may be completely wrong here...but I just think that it's not as cut and dry as the computer models make it out to be. There's alot to be said for a pitchers' state of mind and ease on the rubber.