Submitted for your approval, here is Ned Yost's Kansas City Royals World Series Game 2 lineup:
1. Escobar (R)
2. Aoki (L)
3. Cain (R)
4. Hosmer (L)
5. Butler (R)
6. Gordon (L)
7. Perez (R)
8. Infante (R)
9. Moustakas (L)
Seem familiar? It should. This has been exactly Yost's lineup for exactly one calendar month, come rain or shin, lefty or righty, hell or high water.
No, it doesn't make any sense to bat Moustakas ninth against a right-handed starter, and Escobar first. Doesn't make any sense at all, since Moustakas is easily one of the Royals' best hitters against righties, Escobar one of the worst.
The good news is that batting order really doesn't matter a great deal.
The bad news is that Yost's inflexibility will probably keep him from using Josh Willingham against a left-handed reliever, even when Eric Hosmer or Moustakas -- both of them relatively useless against southpaws -- is coming up.
This is why so many smart people give Bruce Bochy a big edge in this Series. And most of the evidence suggests he deserves it.