Originally Posted by Lewdog
If this is true, then Votto has the highest OBP % so he should be hitting first right? You want the guy that gets on base most to get the most at bats so he can get on base the most? Then to set the line up each night, the coaches should just go down the line based on OBP. I can't say that I have ever seen a lineup set that way. Ever.
You are correct in saying most managers make lineups that are very far from optimal.
There are other factors that matter, to a degree, but far and away the most important factor in optimal lineup construction is that the players who get on base at the highest clip are towards the top of the order.