|Summary: An explanation of defensive positioning, batting orders, pitching roles, and depth charts.|
In managing your team's offense and defense, you have control over the following:
- Starting lineups vs. right- and left-handed pitchers
- Depth charts (for substitutions)
Note: For information on managing your starting pitching and bullpen, go to the PitchingRoles page.
The first step in setting your starting lineups should be to manage your defensive positioning. On your team's '''Lineups''' page, you can choose to '''Edit Defense vs RHP''' or '''Edit Defense vs LHP'''. You must select one player at each position, including DH. Players not chosen will be available on the bench.
When selecting defensive positioning, you can put any player at any position. However, players who play out position will suffer performance penalties (see PlayingOutOfPosition).
Note: You don't set your batting orders on the ''defensive positioning'' pages. Batting orders are set separately, as described below.
Many winning players use platooning, putting more left-handed batters in the vs.RHP lineup, and more right-handed batters in the vs.LHP lineup, to maximize righty/lefty matchups.
Once you set your defensive positioning you can set your batting order. When setting the batting order, you can only choose from the nine players selected in your defensive positioning. To put different players in the starting lineup, you must use the ''Defensive Positioning'' pages, not the ''Batting Order'' pages.
Much like defensive positioning, you set your batting order separately versus right- and left-handed pitchers.
Typically, your best hitter (for power and average) bats third. Your top two men in the order should have a high on-base percentage; a #2 batter who puts the ball in play a lot is also valuable. Put your power hitters who don't hit for as high average starting with the #4 slot, and work your way down from there. If you're not winning, try mixing up your batting order
Depth charts allow you to control which players will be used if the computer manager looks to substitute a player due to injury, fatigue, or other reason. On your team's lineups page is a new section oulining the depth chart at each position (including DH but excluding pitchers). The following guidelines apply to depth charts.
- Each position has a three-deep depth chart.
- Each slot in the depth chart must be filled (i.e. three players at each position).
- Only players on the active roster are eligible to be on the depth chart.
- Players in the first tier of the depth chart must be unique; think of these nine players as your nine starting players.
- Players in the first tier of the depth chart (i.e. "starters") do not have to be starters in your actual game lineups. They are considered starters for depth chart purposes only.
- Any players can be placed in the second and third tier of the depth chart, including starters and players in the depth chart at other positions.
- A player can not be listed twice in the depth chart at the same position (such as Winthrop Jones being listed as the first, second, and third-string right fielder).
- If a player comes out of the active roster - through reassignment, trades, and so-forth - the computer manager will juggle your depth chart as appropriate. It will try its best to keep your existing depth chart, moving people up to replace the newly unavailable players, and assigning new players to fill holes in the depth chart.
Editing depth charts
To edit your depth chart, go to your team's Lineups page, and click the Edit Depth Chart button.
How depth charts are used
The way the sim engine replaces players who fall below your fatigue threshold now works as follows.
- Players are replaced in order of fatigue, with the most fatigued being replaced first.
- For each fatigued player, an eligible replacement (i.e. a player not playing the field and not fatigued below your team's threshold) is searched in the depth chart. If no eligible replacement is found, the best available player on the bench will be used
- Designated hitters will be used to replace position players if they are the eligible player in the depth chart. A new DH will then be taken from the bench. As a result, you can now put your backup catcher in at DH, and he should take over for the starting catcher when he is fatigued. In the case of DHs taking the field, the DH keeps his spot in the batting order; the new DH will take over the batting order spot of the player removed from the lineup.
- It is possible for a DH and a position player to swap (the DH taking the field and the position player becoming the DH) in situations where there's no additional players on the bench. It's rare, but at least you know your fatigued player will have the best chance of resting.