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.
Spreadsheet Version of Player Cards
Basic Version of Player Cards
Advanced Version of Player Cards
Kershaw vs. Betts
2-12 roll: Is the action on the pitcher or batter card?
The game is simple - the first two dice are traditional 6-sided dice yielding a result from 2-12 that tells you if the action will be on the pitcher card (if in his "PB" range) or the batter card. On the spreadsheet or the basic card above, Kershaw keeps it on his card on rolls of 2-8. On the advance card against a right-handed hitter like Betts you go to the "vRH" column and he keeps it on his card on a roll of 2-7. We will use all dice roll examples of rolls with the same result no matter which of the three card above you were using - though there would be slight variations:
3 Sample Rolls on Pitcher's Card - Clayton Kershaw
First, three examples of rolls in which the 2-12 roll was within the pitcher's range and thus we check Kershaw's card if he were facing to Betts. Here is the first roll:
- RESULT of ROLL ABOVE - KERSHAW STRIKEOUT. This results in a strikeout on Kershaw's card no matter which version of the card above you use. On the spreadsheet his K or strikeout range is 25-44, on the basic card 23-45, and on the advanced cards against a right-hander like Betts (vs. RH) it is a 24-46. Note the worse result on a pitcher's card is a single, to give up an extra base the 2-12 roll must put the ball on the batter card.
- RESULT of ROLL ABOVE - KERSHAW WILD PITCH OR IF NO ONE ON BASE OUT. 51 is Wild Pitch on Pitcher's card. However, the one important note that is not obvious is that if no on is on base, then a balk (BK), wild pitch (WP) or passed ball (PB in the 11-88 result) is changed to an OUT.
- RESULT of ROLL ABOVE - KERSHAW OUT - GROUND INTO DOUBLE PLAY. Out on pitchers card - the only time the 20-sided die matters is determining what kind of out - a fly out, ground out, double play, sac fly etc. See out chart below.
- RESULT of ROLL ABOVE - DOUBLE ON BETTS CARD. On Batter's Card. The following are possible results in which the 2-12 roll was higher and outside his range. On the spreadsheet at basic version Betts hits a double on a 22-26, on the basic card he hits a double on a 18-26, and on the advanced card you use the left column against the lefty Kershaw ("vs LH") where he hits a double on an 18-27. No matter which of the three cards you are using, a "26" is a double. It is a double to right field, though one disadvantage of the spreadsheet is the range does not break it down into left field, center field or right field, so use your judgement with the first numbers in each range to left field, next to center field and last numbers to right field.
- RESULT of ROLL ABOVE - HOME RUN ON BETTS CARD. A "31" is a home run on any of the versions of cards. On the spreadsheet anything from a 31-35 is a home run, on the basic card a 28-35 is a home run, and on the advanced card a 31-33 is a home run but a neat part of the advanced game is that a 34-36 is also a deep drive and using advanced rules you need to see if it goes out or not.
- RESULT of ROLL ABOVE - WALK ON BETTS CARD.
- RESULT of ROLL ABOVE - OUT ON BETTS CARD. Out on Mookie Betts card - in this case the 20-sided die determines the type of out and if any runners advance, or doubled off, etc.
Out Chart (20-sided die - explanation at bottom)
|die||RP||RN||LP||LN||P||die||If you do not have charts|
|4||G4||G5||G6||G3||G1||4||DP Grounder (OBR A or B batter safe at first)|
|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|
G3 or G4 always advances runner from 2nd to 3rd.
Click for how to play the basic game, which includes base running, errors and unusual plays, and here for more advanced rules.
The cards above and on the spreadsheet show the players 2019 team, but if you want to play 2020 games you can use this reference of the players on each team.