SCORESHEET FANTASY BASEBALL: AL DRAFT / RULES PACKET
To be successful in Scoresheet Baseball, an owner needs to concentrate on a player's individual statistics such as slugging percentage, on-base percentage, earned run average, hits allowed, etc. Other team-dependent player stats such as runs batted in, runs scored, and pitcher wins, losses and saves, are greatly determined by which team that player is on in the majors. These team-dependent stats are far LESS important in Scoresheet Baseball than in other fantasy baseball games.
The actual number of singles, doubles, triples, home runs, walks and strikeouts a batter has per plate appearance that week in the major leagues, modified by the opposing pitcher and fielders' performances, determines his chances of a given outcome during each at-bat in Scoresheet Baseball. Other stats used for batting include a batter's previous totals for differences in his hitting against left-handed and right-handed pitchers (we use a player's actual platoon differences from the past two seasons factored in with 1,500 plate appearances worth of league-average platoon differences). This means a player who has hit better against right handed pitchers for the last two years will hit right-handed pitchers better than left-handed pitchers during the current Scoresheet Baseball season. A player's platoon splits from the current season are NOT used.
The number of hits, walks, earned runs and strikeouts a pitcher records per inning pitched during the current week in the majors affects each batter's chances against him. A pitcher's ERA in his major league games, and to a much lesser extent, his wins, losses and saves, alter the probabilities of giving up extra base hits, clutch hits, or getting double play balls. Like batters, team-dependent stats for pitchers such as his number of major league wins, losses and saves, are not nearly as important in Scoresheet Baseball as the individual stats such as ERA and hits, walks and strikeouts per inning pitched.
A batter's RBIs and a runner's runs scored totals are used in determining how far the base runner advances on a base hit, and affects the chances of a sacrifice fly. The Scoresheet simulation program also takes into account subtle factors such as a runner's ability to advance farther on a hit with two outs, since he runs with the crack of the bat. Stolen bases are also important, as you can only steal in Scoresheet games as often, and with as much success, as in the major leagues.
A fielder's actual number of errors each week in the majors determines his chances of making an error in Scoresheet Baseball. If a player is playing a different position in the majors than he is for your Scoresheet team, we compare the number of errors he is making to the average number a player makes at that position. Using that ratio, the simulation program will decide how many errors he should make for your team, given that you are playing him in a position at which he qualifies (if he does not qualify at the position, he will get a large error penalty.) For example, if Josh Willingham starts playing as a designated hitter regularly for Minnesota, you could still play him in the outfield. He'd make an average number of errors for an outfielder for your Scoresheet team (since he qualifies in the outfield), even though he is making no errors as a DH in the majors. This rule ensures that you do not get an unfair advantage, or get unfairly penalized, if you play a player at a position at which he qualifies in Scoresheet Baseball, while he plays a different position in the majors.