I was listening to the game the other night. Brownie said that Morton would be facing the bottom third of the order. It occurred to me that a lineup naturally lends itself into being divided into thirds. Then I saw them operating as a unit, like lines in hockey.
If I were manager, I would try a different method of lineup construction. I call it Get ‘em on; Get ‘em over; Get ‘em in.
Batting 1st, 4th and 7th is your high OBP guys. Batting 2nd, 5th and 8th are guys to move the runners over. Batting 3rd, 6th and 9th are your high slugging percentage guys.
The 2-hole guys should have good bat control, be able to work the count and lay down an effective bunt. They should also be able to hit behind runner, and ideally have a very low GIDP%. These skills are largely teachable skills and do not require an innate ability to hit a baseball.
You put your best combo at the top to get the most ABs. If you have a complete Cutch type of player, bat him 4th, since he can get em on and get em in. Your bottom third is grinders, working the count and stepping up when needed. Shuffle the lines, depending upon pitchers or injury.
If you arrange your order in this way, you do not bunch outs together at the bottom of the lineup. Your pitcher never bats ninth. Some pitchers may bat 2nd.
So with hardly any statistics whatever, I offer for your discussion, my Pirates lineup.
1. Walker 2. Mercer 3. Pedro
4. Cutch 5. Davis/Gaby 6. Marte
7. Martin 8. Pitcher 9. Snider/Tabata