The flow of the game with new simple Fast Action Cards on this pdf:
1. Read top line of first card for 2-12 number to see if action is on the pitcher or batter card.
2. On the 2nd card, read the second number (Random Number 11-88) to see what happens on that card. (If noone is one base, change any BK, WP or CD on line 2 to an OUT).
3. If the result is an OUT, check the third number on the next card to see where the ball is hit.
4. The Error Reading on the 4th card is only used if; there is a hit on the BATTER card on line 2 OR, there is a possible error (e?) on line 3 with an out. If the fielder's E number is in the range on this 4th line then everyone is safe in an out or gets an extra base on a hit. Flip for another 11-88 and if the number is 61-88 give batter and runners one additional base for a throwing error.
BD or CD exception instead of 2-12 on top line. Ignore these if noone on base. If at least one runner is on base, BD means to use the clutch batting at the bottom of the batter card use tto determine if it is a base clearing double (BD-2B), home run, or just a foul ball. If you get a CD with a position, then look up the fielders CD (clutch defense) 1-5 and use the chart at the bottom of this blog for result.
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Advanced Rules - Option 1 - Out Chart
|die||RP||RN||LP||LN||P||die||If no charts|
|5||Gx5||Gxinf||Gx3||Gxinf||G3||5||Lead runner out if forced, hold|
|6||GinfA||GinfA||GinfA||GinfA||Gx3||6||Ground out runners advance|
|7||G5a||G6a||G3a||G4a||Gx6||7||Ground out runners advance|
|16||FD7||F7||FD9||F9||f8||16||Fly out (Sac Fly if RP, SP or LP)|
|17||FD7||FD7||FD9||FD9||f7||17||Deep flyout, Sac Fly|
|18||Err||Err||Err||Err||Err||18||See error chart|
|19||Err||Err||Err||Err||Err||19||See error chart|
|20||F8/Z||F8/Z||F8/Z||F8/Z||F8/Z||20||F8, if any runners, Z, BD or CD|
Instead of the simple out chart in the basic game for all batters in the basic game, you look at this chart to determine the out based on if the batter's Cht - which can be RP (right-handed power), RN (right-handed normal), LP (left power), LN (left normal) or P (pitcher at bat). If the batter is a SP or BP that means a power switch hitter and he bats the opposite of what the pitcher throws (so an SP is a RP against a left-handed pitcher, or a LP against a right-handed pitcher).
To keep it simple you can just read the result of the out in the left-hand column.
A roll of 18 or 19 is a possible error. If this occurs on a hit, then the outfielder the ball is hit to is the possible out. If the roll occurs on an OUT, then roll the two 6-sided dice again to determine which player might commit an error.
|2 or 3||1b||8||2B|
A roll of 20 is a flyout to centerfield (F8) if noone is on base. If anyone is on base, ignore the PB and instead use the two 6-sided dice to determine if the play is a clutch batting attempt for the (BD) on a 2 to 4, a clutch defensive play (CD) by one of the fielder is a 5 to 9 or an unusual play (Z) if 10 to 12. (see charts below).
The number indicates the position, but "inf" indicates it can be to any infield position, and roll a 6-sided die for the position with 1=pitcher, 2=catcher, 3=1st base, 4=2nd baseman, 5=3rd baseman, 6=shortstop.
- FD indicates a deep drive, and an OBR A-C scores from third, and OBR A or B goes from 2nd to 3rd.
- F indicates a flyout out.
- L indicates a line-out.
- G = grounder to that position. If men on base,
- an "A" at the end of the result indicates the batter is out but all runners advance.
- an "X" in the middle of the result indicates runners hold and the lead runner who is forced is out.
- if there is no "A" at the end or "X" in the middle it is a double play, but an OBR A or B beats the throw unless it is a G6 or G3
However, if you want to try out the some of the cool advanced rules one at a time still using dice, you can go through this blog to add the clutch defensive plays of fielders beyond just if they make errors, hit & run and more advanced base running options, as well as Clutch Batting and many unique plays and injuries then you can either either buy a full Statis-Pro game from someone. We calculated defensive abilities (Clutch Defense and Error ratings in this way.)
When a reliever comes in do the same thing with his RR.
I set up four man rotations for starters. Everyone comes up with their own rules for how many games a reliever must skip based on how many batters he faces in a game. I found I was letting relievers pitch too much in my recent season, which resulted in the Indians and Yankees.topping the Astros and Red Sox because their relievers from the 2017 season were so untouchable.
For my international play this off-season, I play all 2 game series between teams and say each reliever can only pitch one game either in the first or second game. If a team runs out then they use a universal "other pitcher" on the sheet who is a pb2-5. If a reliever pitched an inning ever 2 games that would be a high 81 innings for the season, so I believe that gives the bullpen an accurate not overwhelmingly dominant role in the game.
Advanced Option 2. When a "20" is rolled and at least 1 runner is on base, then disregard the result from the batter or pitcher card and instead use the other 4 dice for the result below:Advanced Option 2 adds the truly unique and interesting plays that come up when using the Fast Action Cards if the PB shows a Z, BD or CD instead of the normal number from 2-12.
When playing with the dice, this only happens when two things happen at once:
1. Someone is on base AND
2. the 20-sided die roll is a "20."
On a hit, you only need to look at the 20-side die if it is a 18, 19 or 20, which can result in an error or unusual or clutch play, but the rolls of 1-17 below are only used if the result on the batter or pitchers card is OUT. Find the base situatoin in the top column, and then read down to see if the result was a fly out (F), line out (L), Ground out (G) or Double Play (DP).
When playing the basic rules, a "20" roll will always be a flyout to centerfield on the charts below, but continue to the bottom to see all the exciting things that can happen in the Advanced Game.
Out Chart - Click on grid below, print and keep with you when playing
The Numbers by the F, L, G or DP show which players recorded the outs (1 = P, 2 = c, 3 = 1st baseman,
On a grounder (G) or double play (DP) the first number gets the ball and throws it to the other players,
so if the ball goes to "3" the batter is thrown out, a "4" or "6" means a runner is out and 2nd base, a "2"
means someone is thrown out at home. A "G5" is the only time a runner is out going to 3rd.
A "Defensive Option" means that the defense has the option of just getting the batter out to force a runner
on third to stay there instead of scoring.
"Hold" indicates other runners not involved in the play mentioned stay at their base, "Advance" means they
take the next base.
While you only need to check a roll of 1-17 if the result is an OUT, however if the 20-sided
die is 18, 19 or 20 you need to check if it is an OUT or a 1B, 2B or 3B.
Advanced Option 3. When a "20" is rolled and at least 1 runner is on base, then disregard the result from the batter or pitcher card and instead use the other 4 dice for the result below:
If the two six-sided dice equal 2, 3 or 4, the batter has a chance for a clutch base clearing hit.
If you are using cards like the one above for Mookie Betts, then use the Random Number and find the result under his "BD" on the card.Clutch Batting Results due to a 20 on 20-sided die and 2, 3 4 or 5 on two six-sided dice. If your card has a BD like Mookie Betts above, then get a new Random Number and use it there, so for Betts a 11-31 would be a base clearing double, and 32-33 would be a triple, and a 34-46 would be a home run, while a 47-88 would be a foul home run.
- Random Number falls within the Batters Range for a Single = Clutch Batting Result is a double and all runners score. (so if all we had was Betts project row shown below the card above, then an 11-21 in his singles field would be a clutch batting base clearing double).
- Random Number falls within the Batters Range for a Triple = Clutch Batting Result is still a triple. (the 34 on Betts row would be a triple as a clutch batting play as well).
- Random Number falls within the Batters Range for a Double or Home Run = Clutch Batting result is a Home Run. (either a 22-33 or 35-43 from Betts row would be a homer as a clutch batting play)
- Random Number would not be a hit on the Batters Card = Clutch Batting Result is a Foul Home Run and return to normal play. (a 44-88 would be a foul home run)
6 (1 & 5) - LF
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Z Chart Results
45: If 1B is CD 3 or 4, double play 3-6-3 others advance. If CD 1 or 2, batter out all runners advance. (ignore if no one on 1st base)
57-58: Difficult grounder, runners advance one base. E0 - E4 at SS gets batter out, otherwise infield single.
61-62: Difficult grounder, runners advance one base. E0 - E5 at 3b gets batter out, otherwise infield single.
63-66: Difficult fly ball in gap, E0 - E1 in LF makes catch for out and runners hold, otherwise double and all runners score.
67-72: Difficult fly ball in gap, E0 - E2 in CF makes catch for out and runners hold, otherwise double and all runners score.
73-76: Difficult fly ball in gap, E0 - E2 in RF makes catch for out and runners hold, otherwise double and all runners score.
77: Difficult foul pop, E0 - E2 at C makes catch for out and runners hold, otherwise foul.
78: TRIPLE PLAY POSSIBLE. Line out to SS if men on 1st and 2nd, to 3B if 1st and 3rd, 2b if 2nd and 3rd, and P if bases loaded. Get new PB number and if 2-6 then triple play, but if new PB is 7-12 then only double play with lead runner doubled off.
81-88: Get a new Random number to see who is injured and hte play on the chart below.
Injury Chart - these results are for a 2nd roll AFTER the initial roll is 81-88
(we simply play the player is out for the rest of the game)
|Z-Injury||RN Range||Player(s) hurt||Injury play|
|26||28||CF||Inside Park Home Run|
|37||41||1b and RF||Double, runners score|
|42||44||2b and CF||Double, runners score|
|45||47||SS and LF||Single, runners 2 bases|
|51||53||3b and P||Foul|
|54||58||LF and CF||Double, runners score R|
|61||65||CF and RF||Double, runners score|
|66||68||1b||Single, runners 1 base|
|71||73||2b||Line out 2b|
|74||76||3b||Line out 3b|
|77||81||SS||Line out SS|
|85||88||CF||Double, runners score|
End of results charts for 20-sided dice
Advance Option 3: Bunts, Steals & Extra Base on Hit AND Hit and RunThis chart is presented in the basic game BUT it is slightly more advanced her to account for the throwing arms of either the outfielder or the catcher.
Extra Base on hit
OBR A, B or C Xtra base
SP AA, A, B or C steals
Sacrifice, OBR: A batter safe for hit
OBR A or B Xtra base
SP AA, A or B steals
OBR A Xtra base
SP AA or A steals
Xtra base only if 2 outs
Only SP AA steals
If 6, roll again for throw
If roll equal or lower
than outfielders T5, T4,
T3, T2 arm out, otherwise safe
On 6, roll again for throw - TA=Out,
TB 2-4 = Out, TC 1-2
Out (otherwise steals)
Leader Runner out
Sample games and league update
The following is an example of the interesting plays that are not part of the Basic Game above but can happen on rare occasions in the Advanced Game. I am playing with a league of 6 teams of major league players from different countries, and Ohtani's card was just used in a game where he pitched and was involved in my first ever Statis-Pro inside-the-park Grand Slam homer, which let Japan defeat Venezuela 6-5. Those who read my feature on Ohtani in the story below will not be surprised he is the only player who has a projected batter and pitcher card, even though he will actually only bat next season due to surgery.
Advance Option 5: Playing teams from other eras
However, if a right-handed batter needs to face a right-handed pitcher then he is out on an 11 or 12, and a left-handed batter will have a much tougher time against a left-handed pitcher - where he is out on 11-15. A Switch hitter is never effected either way.
The additional adjustment we folded into the system is an adjustment for if a batter from a deadball era (e.g. Yaz in 1968) faces a pitcher from a live ball era (1930). In that case consult the average Runs/Game in one year. To take the most extreme case, if Yaz from 1968 were hitting against a 1930 pitcher, this would be a batter who slugged it out in a year in which 3.4 runs were being recorded per game playing in 1930 when 5.6 runs per game were being scored. The adjustment extends on the Right/Left adjustment and in this case Yaz and his teammates get doubles on 81-86. As you can see from the chart, that would result in the 1968 Red Sox adding about 2.37 runs per game over the course of the season to be on an even field with the 1930 teams.
In other years the adjustment is much less or none at all.
The other place you can use this chart is if one league is playing a league that is better (Japanese, Cuban or Mexican League against the Major Leagues) or to play college or minor leagues against each other. In most cases, you would simply need to estimate the difference between the two levels, but in other cases, you can check the math. For example, if you wanted to play an International League team, where teams average 4.15 runs per game, against a Pacific Coast team where they average 5.03, the difference of 0.88 on the chart below would result in all International League teams getting doubles on any roll or a random number of 85 or 86.
There is never an adjustment the other way - the batters in the league or year that scored MORE runs per game do not face any adjustments.
|Variable||Random Number||New Result||R/G Impact|
|LHP vs LN or LP Cht||11-15||K or Foul Out|
|RHP vs RN or RP Cht||11-12||K or Foul Out|
|LHP vs RN or RP Cht||87-88||Single|
|RHP vs LN or LP Cht||87-88||Single|
|Batters' Year 0.2 to 0.5 lower R/G||86||Double||0.35|
|Batters' Year 0.6 to 0.9 lower R/G||85-86||Double||0.72|
|Batters' Year 1.0 to 1.3 lower R/G||84-86||Double||1.1|
|Batters' Year 1.4 to 1.7 lower R/G||83-86||Double||1.5|
|Batters' Year 1.8 to 2.1 lower R/G||82-86||Double||1.92|
|Batters' Year 2.1+ lower R/G||81-86||Double||2.37|
Advance Option 5: Great Innovations
The more advanced rules give you the chance to get the full impact of Bob Gibson being even better than the best card we provide in the free edition, because his 1.12 ERA results in a PB: 2-10 card since he is so much better than even other PB: 2-9 pitchers from most years. They also have PB: 2-4 cards for really bad pitchers, and a PB: 4-7 for average players.
There are additional superior ratings for fielding (Mookie Betts as a CD: 5 because he is that much better than even the typical great CD: 4 player) and baserunning, and the left right splits make for great matchups like the 1984 Detroit Tigers who kill left-handed pitching vs. the 1927 Yankees who kill right-handed pitching.
For big series like that, I like these full advanced cards and rules.
When playing off a current season I'd rather get through a couple of hundred games to really learn the current players, so I use the basic cards with the Fast Action Cards at home, but I throw my 5 dice and a couple of teams in my computer bag for trips to sneak in extra 20-minute games without trying to pack the whole game.
At very least you can learn to play the Basic Game and then add as many advanced rules as you want.