|Summary: An explanation of defensive positioning, batting orders, pitching roles, and depth charts.|
Note: For information on managing your starting pitching and bullpen, go to the Pitching Roles 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 Playing Out Of Position And Position Changes).
Note: You don't set your batting orders on the ''Defensive Positioning'' pages. Batting orders are set separately, as described below.
Many winning owners use platooning – putting more left-handed batters in the vsRHP lineup, and more right-handed batters in the vsLHP lineup – to maximize righty/lefty matchups.
Once you set your defensive positioning – which sets the nine players who will make your starting lineup – you can set your batting order. When setting the batting order, you can only choose from the nine players selected in your defensive positioning. If you want 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-handed and left-handed pitchers.
Typically, your best hitter (power - SLG and average - AVG) bats third. Your top two men in the order should have a high on-base percentage - OBP; a #2 batter who puts the ball in play a lot is also valuable. Put your power hitters (SL) who don't hit for as high average starting with the #4 slot (clean-up), and work your way down from there. If you find you are not winning, try mixing up your batting order – you will be amazed at how much small changes can impact run production!
Your depth chart allows you to control which players will be used if the computer manager needs to substitute a player due to injury. At the bottom of your team's lineups page, you will find a section outlining the depth chart at each position (including DH but excluding pitchers). The following guidelines apply to depth charts:
To edit your depth chart, go to your team's Lineups page, and click the Edit Depth Chart button.
There are 2 rules you need to follow to set your depth charts properly.
1) There are 3 levels to the depth chart: Player 1, Player 2, and Player 3. A player can only be listed at one of those levels per position. In other words, each position must have 3 different players on its depth chart.
2) There are 9 positions on the depth chart. A player can only be "Player 1" for 1 of the 9 positions. In other words, the Player 1 column must consist of 9 different players. (note: a player can appear multiple times on the Player 2 or Player 3 columns)
The way the sim engine replaces players who fall below your fatigue threshold now works as follows: