I didn't want to highjack the other thread, but I'm curious to thoughts of others on this topic. Is it really necessary to split power hitting lefties in a batting order?
The logic for splitting lefties is to prevent the opposition from bringing in a left handed specialist out of the bullpen to face your left handed bats for one key situation. However, that can be a big sacrifice for one chance happening in a ball game when the lefty batters will probably face the starter about three or more times in the game.
It just seems to me that there is too much sacrificed from building an attack oriented/pressure line-up when you feel it necessary to break up the lefties. With a right handed starter on the mound, I would stack the top with Hatteberg, Dunn, and Griffey so he would have to fight through those tough lefties as many times as possible. Wear that righty starter down by making him work with tough pitches to three dangerous and selective left handed batters.
I like to put pressure on the opposition from the top and then monitor and adjust in the late innings when you see what has developed. It makes little sense to play it safe in order to be prepared against a situation that might develop late in the game.