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RynMan wrote:There's been a ton of research done on this topic. The conclusion is that it's basically irrelevant how you setup the order. Over the course of a season, it probably equates to a few runs difference between the most efficient, and inefficient batting orders. Theoretically, you would score more runs if you ordered the hitters in descending order of on-base ability, as it stretches out rallies. But the research has shown that in general, the standard lineup (1 & 2 leadoff type hitters that get on base, 3/4/5 mashers) produces close to the highest number of runs.
So basically, you can draw the order out of a hat, and it doesn't really make a difference.
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