Anatomy of a lineup
Looking back to the 80's we saw a big change in MLB.
The era of the hitter was ushered in and a change in managing styles started to
take place. The Whitey Herzog’s style of manufacturing runs early in the game
gave way to the Davey Johnson style of waiting for the 3 run HR, and the big
inning. In SOM leagues, the same applies in that if you are not playing for the
big inning early in games and only late in those tight games trying to
manufacture a go ahead. Chances are you will not be able to compete amongst the
top teams in your league. Below I have broken down a batting order and listed
tips that will help you get the most out of your line-ups. I suggest that you
try your best to match your players ability's with the proper spot in the
batting order then run replays and tinker with your line-up to achieve best
results. Most teams will have trouble matching all of these requirements for the
perfect line-up because of usage of a various number of reasons but just do your
This is where you need to put the player with the best on base percentage, and
speed. If the guy steals it is a
bonus, but not a must. One little known thing to remember is watch this guys
clutch rating and try to have a guy no worse than a -3 in the clutch. Statistics
show the leadoff hitter as one of the fewest times to appear in the clutch, but
I believe you must remove 1 AB from every game from the calculations since it is
a given the first AB will never come up in the clutch! Do this and you will see
that the leadoff spot is one of the most frequent to appear in the clutch.
is the spot for your second best on base player. The more walks the better, as
this will move your leadoff hitter to 2nd base if he can't steal.
is where your hitter with the best average goes. The number of hits on his card
are far more important than on base, or clutch because the #3 spot not only
appears less in the clutch it also leads off innings less than any other
position. Tony Gwynn in his prime was a good one for this position.
we need the best power man with good on base. Homer's are great but if you got
guys that are close use the guy with the best OB+slugging percentage and you
can't go wrong.
best man in the clutch must go here to protect your #4 hitter. If you don't then
HAL will attack this spot in the line-up with a vengeance by IBB your forth
hitter more often to bring this guy up in the clutch.
#7, #8 Spots:
Now we get to the best of the rest where again if your in doubt put these guys
in order of best to worst OB+Slugging percentage. However this part of the
line-up can kill big innings with the double play so if at all possible put the
hitters with the least amount of DP's on their card behind the guys with no
is where you put a speed guy that doesn't have enough OBP to lead off. The 9th spot is a big reason why you need to pay attention to
your leadoff hitters clutch because so many times these guys will get on and
steal 2nd or end up there with 2 out.