Forgetting specific players for a minute, and focusing on types of players, what is the most effective line up? In other words, is the tradional (by order in line up) #1 speed, #2 speed + consistant bat, #3 power + consistant bat down to #9 pitcher the most effective line up to use over the course of 162 games?
Has there been any statisical analysis to support or argue against this format? My guess is that because it has been used for so long (generally speaking) that it's the most effective.
For the history buffs amoungst us, what has been the strangest line up format used that was effective? Again, by format I mean types of hitters. So I would consider a line up that put the power hitters up first and alternated speed guys with consistent hitters lower in the order "strange".
Hope this question makes sense and is of some interest for discussion.