This is going to be a tip that most people should be pretty on top of, but its worth mentioning regarding your lineup. It is literally impossible to be successful in the gameplay element of the game without changing your lineup multiple times per day. The more times you can accurately switch out cards that are no longer playing in their games, the better.
If you have a ton of cards, its going to be quite easy set a lineup of top scoring pitchers to change in and out through the morning, afternoon and night games. If you only have a select few, choose your best for each phase of the schedule, which is about 3 times per day.
Here are how I rate the player positions:
- Starting Pitcher
- Relief Pitcher (as needed)
I would check MLB.com daily to see who the starting pitchers are for each game, and set your lineup with as many of those guys (including doubles) as you can. Once the morning games are over, switch to as many pitchers for the afternoon, and same with the evening games. If you have more than 9 of pitchers that are going at once, you can score tons of points by playing along live and switching out the pitchers while teams are batting and replacing them with pitchers that are on the field.
THIS NEXT PARAGRAPH IS IMPORTANT:
Playing along live will also give you an opportunity to switch out the starters if they get rocked, or if they get pulled. At that point, its time to put in the relievers or switch to other hitters. The best thing to remember is that cards will not score if they are on your bench. So, if its bases loaded and none out, and you switch out the pitchers before the guy hits the grand slam, you dont get docked those points, even if you put him back in later! Then again, if the next guy hits into a triple play, you lose those points too. The points on the back of the card only represent the total scored – NOT the total score they have scored for your team.
Remember, just because a pitcher has a bad inning, does not mean they wont score again the next inning around. Its a good idea to keep an eye on them.