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Thoughts on lefty-stacked lineup used by the Rays last night?

Facing right-handed Lewis, the Rays batted 3 RHH then 6 consecutive LHH, bucking convention. I've wondered for a while whether alternating L/R in the lineup causes more harm than good: scoring runs is usually about bunching good at-bats together, and forcing every other batter to hit against a same-handed pitcher works against that. And this is so that a hypothetical reliever can't get a series of L/L or R/R advantages in a hypothetical high-leverage situation later on? I say stack the lineup, put more pressure on the starter, and cross the unfavorable-reliever-matchup bridge when you come to it.

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