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New - Any tips welcome.


New - Any tips welcome.

I’m pretty new to this site. I’ve joined a few auto leagues to get me started. I’m enjoying it so far but if anyone has any tips or help for someone new I’d appreciate any words of wisdom.

Thanks!!

Re: New - Any tips welcome.

First tip: Ask specific questions.

There's a lot on the boards and site already to give you some context, but specific questions are going to get answered a lot faster than what you currently posted.

Re: Re: New - Any tips welcome.

Thanks for that, I appreciate what you are saying. I maybe just wasn’t searching for the right thing when I tried.

I suppose only being on the site for the last week or so and just getting started out I was just looking for any words of wisdom or general things to keep and eye on.

Maybe as I continue on I’ll be able to come back with more specific questions.

Re: New - Any tips welcome.

Don't underrate defense and strategy. They're very important.

If you have time, watch replays. They give you a little bit of insight into how your lineup works, who comes through in the clutch, who moves the runner over, etc.

Re: New - Any tips welcome.

Dont get frustrated, I started about a year ago, my teams were not good. I picked players on how I remembered them, big mistake. Look at the numbers, forget the names. For pitching I look at the WHIP first, not ERA or ranking. Try to look at the on base percent vs batting avg a walk is as good as a hit. Make your ballpark fit your team, if you have a slugging team with a lot of home runs, make the ballpark smaller, if it is a hitting team with less Homer's make it bigger, factor in your pitching as well.
Once you get in an auto league the first season it could be rough because there are already 9 or 10 teams selected before yours, use it as a learn tool. then when the season is over try to be one of the first 3 or 4 to draft a team.
I still dont know what a lot of the strategy settings do, but I try not to let the computer substitute players during the game so I can stick with my core lineup.
I have been fortunate to make the playoffs 15 times and win it all 5 times. Last year I was lucky to have a 500 team.
Finally, just have fun, the game, like real baseball it is random so you never know what will happen, which is why I like it. I have won it all with a team I did not think was as good as others in the league and I have struggled with a team that had the best whip, best on base, best slugging and most home runs.
Welcome to Pennant Chase.


Re: Re: New - Any tips welcome.

Brilliant post and some good advice. Thank man!

Re: New - Any tips welcome.

For auto leagues, become familiar with the players, so you can change their years if need be. The players are set to their "best" offensive year by default, but that might not be the "best" you need.

Ozzie Smith is a good example. If you get him, you're going to want to change him to his plus 4.72 DWAR season.

And yes, pitching and defense is important. Supplemental draft and waivers are also important.

Don't get tempted by those big bashers during the supp. draft - a solid SP (or even an RP) is just as valuable, if not more so.

Re: New - Any tips welcome.

I want to say what Super said is great advice, in the supplemental draft try to focus on pitching as your first option.

Also when drafting a team if you see 3 or 4 really good outfielders or 1st basemen listed and a fairly good 2nd baseman, shortstop, catcher or 3rd baseman think about taking one of them instead even though they may be slightly below the other outfielders. There are always a ton of good outfielders and 1st baseman but sometimes a good 2nd, short, 3rd or catcher are harder to fine later on. That said, never pass on Babe Ruth. :)

Re: Re: New - Any tips welcome.

OMG! I have been playing for just over two years and I never knew you could change the seasons of a player in Auto Leagues!!!! #feellikeanidiot

Re: New - Any tips welcome.

Don't worry, Fuller. Pennant Chase is a mystery wrapped inside a conundrum surrounded by a puzzle.