Out of the Park Baseball 20 - Make your team Perfecter!

#44

So I jumped in and grabbed OOTP 20. I pulled a Gold card from one of the starter packs and got the one with the Gold pack obviously. But I didn’t get a second gold pack. Not sure if I missed the opening week thing, or have to actually play in a PT game to unlock it or something. Either way, I if a pretty nice starting lineup but my pitching staff is bad (except for my gold card closer!).

lostcawz is my manager.

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#45

The stamina is a factor, yes. Are your pitchers all tired? In the entry pool league, my pitchers (especially relievers) are all exhausted by Saturday, as the team has to play 6 days in a row. It’s not as bad in the Iron/Bronze leagues, but even so, if you have a lot of low-quality relievers with low stamina, fatigue will be an issue.

Also, the AI does a bad job of matching relievers to roles. You don’t want “red stamina” guys doing middle or long relief. They should be setup, closers, “openers,” or specialty (meaning left-handed specialists, brought in to pitch to lefties). I had to switch all mine around. “Blue stamina” guys should be starters, long relief, or middle relief. “Green stamina” can be in all roles, but if they start, I put pitch count limits on them.

One intriguing question is whether to use the new “opener/follower” roles. I’m trying it now, as an experiment – setting a low-stamina reliever to “opener” and a high-stamina one to “follower”. I don’t know how this affects the regular rotation. A related question: is lefty “specialist” still a thing? Does baseball now require relievers to pitch to 3 batters or something?

You can change how often the AI hooks your pitchers in both Team (also called “Global” or Overall") Strategy and Player Strategy. If you click on your team menu, you’ll see options for both.

In Team Strategy, you can set overall priorities for hooking pitchers, depending on the phase of the game. You can also decide how much to emphasize handedness matchups, how to handle intentional walks and pitch-arounds, etc. I don’t use Team Strategy as much in PT as I do in other modes. In regular OOTP, I can sim many games quickly and see how Team Strategy is affecting things more clearly. That’s harder in PT.

I do use Player Strategy in PT, though. In particular, for starters with mediocre Stamina, I set pitch-count limits: 80-90 pitches for a pitcher with stamina in the 60s, say. In addition, you’ll see options for when to hook a reliever, etc. For batters, you can adjust base-stealing frequency, bunting, pinch-hitting, benching, etc. The easiest way to get to these options is to select strategy from the “Actions” drop-down menu on the top-right of the player’s screen.

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#46

As I understand it you usually don’t get a gold pack when you form a team, just the starter packs, so the one gold pack you received was your bonus pack. And since you’re guaranteed one gold player in your starter set that free gold pack gives you a second guaranteed gold player.

Funny enough, two of my three teams got a gold closer in their initial allotment.

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#47

Aaaah, gotcha. I thought everyone got a gold pack to start and the bonus was a second one. My bad.

I’ve been able to grab a few silver pitchers for cheap on the auction house. So my team is doing well now. Even had a 10 game winning streak and a couple of 2 hitters. Of course my gold closer is kinda lame. Not bad but outshined by the rest of my strong bullpen.

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#48

I’ve had mixed luck with silver starting pitchers. Some of them do great while others look like they should be good but they get blasted time and time again. I think I need to understand the different ratings better.

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#49

I’m DantesWitness in OOTP20. I’ve played every single OOTP but this is my first foray into Perfect Team, so be prepared to crush me.

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#50

I"m not seeing any ‘hide score’ option on the little popup. But I’m just in the Entry thing until next week so maybe it’s not available there.

Also, the only place I can see to add friends is on the Discord app. I’ve never used it before, but is that where we add managers to play in leagues? I think I’m missing the option in game somewhere.

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#51

This is where it is located for ootp19:

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#52

Perfect, thanks.

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#53

In OOTP20 the hide score checkbox is found here

Enter Perfect Team
from the Main menu select Perfect Team Home Screen
on the Overview tab
on the far right of the top bar:

I tried it once and it turned out the game was one of those where my bullpen blew a 3 run lead in the top of the 9th so my only experience with this is that it’s rage inducing!

For adding managers as friends:

Step 1 (do this only once for each account you use)

  • from the Main menu select Perfect Team Home Screen
  • select the Profile & Settings tab
  • on the right side of the screen select Use Friends List for League Placement Setting

Step 2 (do this for every friend you want to add)

  • from the Main menu select Perfect Team Home Screen
  • select the Universe tab
  • select the Managers & Rankings subtab
  • type a manager name into the Search User: text field
  • make sure the only show managers from my league and only show my friends checkboxes are unchecked
  • click Apply Filters/Sort/Refresh button
  • find the users you want and click the + Add as Friend text on the right of each line

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#54

Oh man, thanks a ton. So many little tabs and stuff just kind of blend into the background. Its getting better, but for now I miss things I know I’ve seen but can’t remember where.

OOTP mornings: go to bed 14-2, wake up 22 and 16 with most of my pitchers tired or exhausted. Raaaage!

EDIT: I went thru and grabbed the manager names I could find and added them. Below is the list for ease of use for anyone adding managers and to confirm I didn’t miss any.

DantesWitness
Yastrzemski
Carl_Yastrzemski
Charlatan
CharlatanPrime
Charlatan2
KWhit
Cigarsandbeer
Octavious230

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#55

Octavious230 is mine.

When I went to sleep last night I was still winning my division. I was actually playing MLB 19 on my one monitor while I left perfect team up on the other monitor. Finish a game in 19 and check the last sim. Rinse repeat. I’m going to OD on baseball before the season even starts.

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#56

@lostcawz : Thanks for summarizing all the manager names. I’ve added everybody.

@Charlatan: Thanks for summarizing how to find things in the UI. I should have done that. I appreciate it! The UI is busy, but it works, and one gets used to it over time.

Heh, I’m more pumped for baseball than I have been in years, thanks to PT. Also, I’m really glad they’ve made “Live” cards track in-season performance now. It brings PT closer to fantasy baseball.

Edit: I bought Rich Gedman, and in his first game, he went 3-for-3, was Player of the Game, got the Double Dinger achievement (earning me 20PP of his 4-digit price back). And for now he’s batting 1.000. These Red Stockings will try to be an all-Boston team, so Gedman is a first step in that direction.

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#57

@Spock I’ve got Rick Burleson on my defense team and you can’t have him! Nyahhhh Nyahh

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#58

Why would my batting order change from my lineup? I replaced my 3B with David Freese and set him to bat 6th, I moved my old 3B to DH and he was set to bat 8th. On both vs LH and RH.

But I just noticed that my old 3B batted 7th and Freese 8th in my last game.

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#59

I’ve made changes and noticed for the next game that the lineup changes didn’t seem to “take.” I’ve also noticed that when my subs play the AI seems to tinker with the lineup a lot.

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#60

Hell that happened all the time in my leagues I used to play. I don’t have the patience for those types of leagues anymore. Getting on a chat at 10PM on Tuesday to trade fictional players? Ya no I’m too old for that crap. ;)

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#61

Waah!

@Charlatan @octavious230 If you really want to lock in a particular batting order, or just lock a player to a particular spot in the order, you can do it. More on this in a sec. But first:

I assume you clicked “submit team” after making your changes? If you make changes and the game runs a sim before you “submit,” the game forgets your changes. But you probably know that.

If you’re sure you did click “submit team,” then check your depth chart. Have you assigned backup players to each position, and told the game how often to play the backup? If any starter is tired, there’s a chance he’ll be subbed out. Even one substitution can lead the AI to change your lineup; e.g., if a high-contact hitter is replaced with a power hitter, or a speedster replaced with a slowpoke, the AI will likely change the lineup order.

Personally, I generally like the lineup changes the AI makes for me when a starter subs out. E.g., recently Gedman sat for a day, and my lousy substitute catcher was swapped in – and the AI had him bat 8th, not in Gedman’s #5 position. Pretty good.

If nonetheless you want more granular control over where every player bats, then there are a couple options. One you probably know about already: 7-day lineups. You can tell the game exactly who you want to start in what position (including pitcher) for the next 7 days. Not the next 7 games – just the next 7 days. If you leave “clear 7 day lineups” unchecked, then the game will keep your 7-day schedule intact in perpetuity, which might work okay, if your 7 day lineup rotates starters in and out for fatigue. Personally, I don’t use 7 day lineups in PT, because I check the game only once or twice a real-life day. (Yes, PT needs a 30-day lineup feature.)

But OOTP 20’s PT features a new way to lock in a player – or all players – to lineup spots. If you go to a player’s screen and set his Game Strategy, you’ll see you can lock him to a spot in the order. So if you want so-and-so always to lead off, you set his order spot to “1,” and he’ll always lead off. Supposedly. I haven’t tried it because I generally like the way the AI handles my subs. (In the name of science, I’ve just tried it; will report back.) Also, you can force a player to play a position, using the same screen.

Hope this helps.

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#62

I’ve added all the managers from above. I encourage everybody to do that. It’s nice to have forum members in your league.

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#63

Yes that helps, thanks. I think maybe there was some auto substitutions that may have triggered the odd changes to my lineup. I haven’t dug too much further into it because I haven’t noticed it happen again.

So digging this game. I can sorta go with the flow of the AI lineups or tinker with all th details to my hearts desire. So much depth and enjoyment regardless of how much time you want to put into it. Now if I could keep my pitchers from still being exhausted 5 days after they pitch I’d be a happy man.

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