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Observations on success?


Observations on success?

Any suggestions from those who have been successful with this game?

I prefer pitching and defense in real life games. My record in PC, though, indicates that doesn't work; however, I haven't noticed that the long ball is the best focus either. I do see that stolen bases should probably be turned way up (80%+) for speedsters but completely shut down against strong-armed catchers. Also, I notice that I have to watch the games and/or read the progress to continually refine my substitution instructions throughout the season.

But, those are small tweaks. What are the best strategies for picking players and setting a lineup? I normally go by eOBP and then get oR and dR specialists during supplemental and free agency. Do you just go by Rk?

In short, what do you guys that perennially have success know that us noobs don't? What tends to be successful in PC?

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I don’t want to give you my “templates” per se, just because discovering your style is part of the fun. That said, some tips:

I have found you can consistently win with the following styles: 1) pitching, defense, and speed; 2) pitching, defense up the middle, power in the corners; 3) pitching, high average doubles/triples hitters, speedy defenders; 4) pitching, great offense, one defensive anchor

As you can see pitching is always important as is some level of defense. With pitching, I usually use strong starting pitchers with good stamina, but I’ve also recently successfully used a super bullpen with weaker starters.

Basically, you can make work almost any style that works for real- BUT, you must match your style to your park, and you need to look at the right stats for each style

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Lots of ways to build winning teams and lots of examples out there. If you're in a league with someone who is winning a lot - take a look at the moves they make.

The number one thing is to be active. Participate in all drafts, all supplemental drafts, be the first to pick up players when free agency opens, set your lineup, put guys on slump buster immediately when eligible, etc.
Once you play for a bit, you'll start to understand how to build a good team and then it's just a matter of understanding the player pool in the league that you're in.

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As I’ve been learning through my time on the site. It’s a balance of the entire game. It does help to experiment with draft and roster. Everyone has their own tweaks here and there and I’ve been developing my own.

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What do you guys like in the team strategy section?

I have
fast = 9+, but I steal all the time, 2nd and 3rd. And I always shut down against strong catchers.
medium = 7-8 and I steal less than 50% of the time.
sac bunt (0outs) = 70%
sac bunt (1outs) = 50%
balance the surprise bunting

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I do something similar to that and am not suceessful. The reason I do it is because that's all that seems to be avaailable, Speed and defense . Of course,try to get good pitching but that's easier said than done. Power seems to be the Dave Kingman type,too much fanning air and not worth it. I do get some power but no Babe Ruths

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The strategy setting should depend a bit on team construction

When I have a team built around speed (multiple 9+ guys, a few 8s) I’ll set fast at 9+, go 90% of the time, and NOT shut down against strong arm. Medium speed will be set at 8 and go 40% (I never steal third though).

When I have a team with one or less 9+ speed guys, I’ll keep the 90% for 9+, but medium includes 7 speed and I DO shutdown run for strong arm catchers

Bunting I set at often and let anyone 8+ speed bunt for a hit UNLESS they have a lot of HR power. I also don’t like to have more than 2 fast guys bunting in a row in the batting order.

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I do pretty much the same,except I always shut down the run against strong armed catchers. My players get caught a lot anyway because my settings are very high,to steal everythig

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In my opinion, only 9-and 10-speeders should ever run. However, everyone loves stealing bases, so everyone always runs with slower players, and catching them is really sweet =)

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I have to agree with HTennis - stealing with only a 9 or 10 speed is really the way to go, there simply is not enough success with lesser speeds and it's really kinda sad

In MLB this year there have been 1758 Stolen Bases so far and only 609 Caught Stealing - that's a 65% success rate


the top base stealer is Starling Marte with 42 Steals - so it's not just a few really dominant base stealers either

if there is one thing PC really could improve, it's base stealing - perhaps taking away the option and baking in steals from real stats into the game could be an option or at least something worth testing -

I know a lot of people are disinterested with it, but it is an important part of baseball - the steal itself is probably worth a lot less than the effect on the pitcher of a base stealer - they can't concentrate as much on the batter, have to pitch from the stretch, errant pick off throws, it matters

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As I said before,my guys do get caught a lot but they still have about a 63% s 63% success rate which would be comparable to those of the 9 and 10 runners but I use 7 and 8 so it's not getting caught that hurts. I know what the problem is and have never been able to fix it. Most of these guys can't hit