In response to LR3683paw's comment:
In response to RedSoxKimmi's comment:
We debated the importance of batting order last year, and the fact remains that batting order just doesn't make that much of a difference. Even the grossest of errors, batting a pitcher in the #4 hole will cost a team about 15 runs over the course of a season.
The difference between a traditional batting order and an optimal batting order is 1 game, maybe 2, over an entire season. Yes, that 1 or 2 games might be the difference between making the playoffs or not, but the point is, switching a guy between the #2 and #7 slots based on who is pitching might be more detrimental from a psyche standpoint than it is beneficial.
Managers are not likely to go with what is considered an optimal line up any time in the near future. They would be crucified by the press, the fans, and by the players if they went with an optimal lineup, because optimal lineups go against conventional thinking. So realistically, we are talking about 5 runs difference at most over the season in making these line up changes.
It is more important to split up lefties, and probably more important for the line up to have some consistency and comfort.
Once again Kimmi proves that she is the Eric Severeid of the forum.She comes here sporadically and says more in three paragraphs than the rest of the forum does in two weeks. Bill James said the same thing also in the past - batting orders are not that important. Of course, forums love to debate the importance of batting orders but in reality they aren't that important.
Yup, thus spoke Kimmi.
Must be indisputable fact.