If my 7th hitter has a high OBP it either means 1) the rest of the lineup is that good where we could put him down there. 2) The manager has made a bad decision in putting a superior hitter lower in the lineup. But just b/c of his position in the lineup, he shouldn't try to be something he's not. Just because A.J. Ellis is hitting 8th doesn't mean he should try to hit a home run every time up because the pitcher won't drive him in. Theres still the same value if he gets on base, hey, now the pitcher is cleared for the next inning. Hitters should always play to whatever strengths they have, and wtv these strengths are are should be used by the manager. The manager should put these players in the lineup order that suits their strengths, the hitters shouldn't try to create their strengths based on where the manager puts them.