Good Friday can quickly escalate into Bad Friday when you talk about anyone in the Blue Jays lineup who isn’t named Jose Bautista or Yunel Escobar.
From a recent ESPN article:
For years, baseball lineups followed a pretty basic logic: fastest guy hits first, contact and/or fast hitter is next, high-average guy bats third, power bat in the cleanup spot and the next few guys in descending order of general skill. There was nothing scientific about this method — it seemed tied to some old-school vision of small ball — but many managers remain obsessed with it despite evidence that refutes the usefulness of such strategies as bunting and base stealing.
The traditional lineup was debunked in 2006, when Tom Tango, Mitchel Lichtman and Andy Dolphin published “The Book,” which included an exhaustive study of lineup construction. Their conclusion was that the Nos. 1, 2 and 4 spots are most important, and the No. 3 spot is overrated because it comes to the plate with, on average, fewer runners on base than the No. 4 and 5 spots and leads off the fewest innings. According to “The Book,” your best hitters should bat No. 1, 2 and 4, with on-base percentage most important for the top spot, and speed a nice bonus.