For some coaches, building the batting order is intuitive. Other coaches struggle for days and weeks, often dissatisfied until the season is over.
To help you get started, here are some basic attributes to consider when you set your lineup.
|BATTING ORDER 9-MAN BALL
Good base runner
Good contact hitter
||Left handed hitter, if possible
Makes good contact
Power is a plus
Good pitch selection
Extra base hits
||Much like attributes for Power Hitter
Drive in runs
|| Put the ball in play
Doesn't strike out much
||Much like Second Hitter attributes
Not as good a hitter
Not a high average hitter
||Second lead off man
These are from our own experience and a variety of other traditional sources.
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Before you lock into this way of thinking, in Oct 2010, we conducted a Nose 2 Nose poll on batting ordesr. This new survey has lead us to rethink the conventional approach shown here. That, in turn, lead to a research project and new concepts for developing an effective line-up.
Click here for the this new Line-Up Strategy which is being made available to all paid members of WebBall, including Team Managers and Team Players.
- Try to mix-up right and left-handed hitters. This keeps the pitcher from getting into a rhythm - throwing to the same side of the plate to several hitters in a row.
- Mix your speed players in between your slow players. This will keep you from ending up with all slow runners on the bases at one time. (Just don't stick your slowest player in the 8 slot before your two fastest 'lead-off' hitters. In fact, try to follow your slowest baserunner with a good contact hitter to give him a better chance of advancing.)
- Place a left-handed hitter behind a base stealer. This blocks the catcher's vision of the runner and creates a hole when the first baseman holds the runners on.