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 everybody-bats lineup.
|BATTING ORDER: EVERYBODY BATS
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
||If he puts the ball in play can contribute
If he gets on, needs help to advance bases
||Much like Second Hitter attributes
Not a great hitter but could help advance 6,7 hitters
Can help plate previous runners
To keep inning alive
Power when he connects
He's here for the 'luck' facto
||Willing to swing
Determined to improve
||Second lead off man
This is for 13 players but can be adjusted for 12 or 14 - the principle is the same.
Main objective is to eliminate weak innings by spreading power, sprinkling in contact hitters. Always make sure speed leads slower runners (don't tie up the speedsters). Work on making weaker hitters better.
For leagues in which only nine players bat, click here.
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, has lead to new concepts and a new approach to setting your 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 last slot just before your 'lead-off' hitter. 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.