Lineup Construction

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After revealing the secret to Escobar’s success is actually the fact that Cain is awesome, I took the same run production concept and applied it to each of the Royals batters and how the team fared when they batted in different spots in the lineup.

The idea is that run production is a by-product of how your hitting skills match up with the hitters just in front of you and how your on-base average and base running skills match up with those hitting just behind you.

I sifted thru the data to find good combinations and theories about why the combinations increased run production.

For example, slow runners like Perez and Butler probably should not be followed by quality run producers just as low power, fast runners like Dyson and Getz should precede the run producers.

Cain #3/Morales #5 is a good combination just as was Gordon #1/Getz #8. In a small sample, Cain #2/Morales #4 was even better.

This table shows where each Royals player batted the most (2011-2015) and their best three spots for impacting overall team run production. The last column is the order that the data would indicate the best run production based on running a permutation algorithm.


Note: The lineup includes Gordon and Dyson since the outfield is not yet settled for 2016, and there was enough data for Dyson to include in the exercise.

Note: Data for 2011-2015 as a Royal.

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