1/17/2013 12:13 PM

01/14/2013

  • During dire situation (i.e. trailing in final inning), manager will evaluate PH/PR setting before lifting his only catcher or shortstop. This will prevent situations where team comes back to tie or take lead, then must play player out of position at key position. Will still occur if aggressive or very aggressive.
  • Logic will now consider shifting a player's position in order to lift another player for a PH/PR. Will only occur if manager has aggressive or very aggressive PR/PH setting.
  • Improved stolen base attempt logic. Previously, a hard SBA% cutoff was in place based on a myriad of factors. Within HBD, this means some of the mid-range speed guys (guys you think should attempt steals but rarely do) should start attempting more steals.
  • Improved defensive replacement, double-switch and injured fielder replacement logic. Manager will now try to put best defense on field instead of performing a 1-for-1 swap at each position. for example, you may now see a defensive replacement enter at CF and the previous CF shift over to LF.
  • Boxscore has been modified to show a player's original and final position to help better track in-game position changes.
  • Improved PH/PR logic. Previously, manager would get into bad situation when using a 2nd or higher PH/PR in same inning. He'd earmark a player to enter at 2B but later earmark same player to enter at SS, for instance, and then team would be stuck with a player out of position. Manager is much smarter now and won't PH/PR unless all positions are covered with available players in hierarchy.
  • Improved relief pitcher selection for tie games in 7th or later when closer should not enter, manager now looks at specialists before setup pitchers. Previously, specialists were being looked at after setup pitchers in this situation.
  • Improved PH logic when team with a small lead late in the game is in a non-crucial situation. Manager will no longer PH for a strong defensive player when backup is defensively inferior.
  • Improved PH logic regarding pinch-hitting for relief pitchers. If a non-crucial situation, manager will evaluate current pitcher's pitch count vs target pitch count along with available relievers. If it's best to keep RP in game so he can pitch another inning or two, he will hit for himself. This will prevent situations where stud reliever only throws a handful of pitches, is PH for, and then a LR or mopup is forced to enter next inning half.
  • Improved logic for double-switches, pinch-hitting and pinch-running. Previously, manager didn't really consider other players in lineup when making decisions. Now, there's a chance a player will move to another position (if in hierarchy) to accommodate a PH or PR entering the game.
  • Added double-switch logic during inning. If new relief pitcher enters, evaluate if double-switch should occur based on game situation and appropriate hierarchy. This won't happen often as rest or defensive replacements would have typically already occurred.
  • Improved pinch-hitting logic for late/close situations. Previously, some hard cutoffs (based on managerial setting) were preventing many candidates from being lifted during dire situations when a much better hitter was available on bench.
1/17/2013 12:30 PM
We know.
1/17/2013 12:39 PM
Sorry, got sidetracked by work. I actually had a specific question regarding:

Improved defensive replacement, double-switch and injured fielder replacement logic. Manager will now try to put best defense on field instead of performing a 1-for-1 swap at each position. for example, you may now see a defensive replacement enter at CF and the previous CF shift over to LF.

Has anyone has success with this new change who can provide a link to the box score where it worked as intended?
1/17/2013 1:42 PM
http://www.whatifsports.com/HBD/Pages/Popups/Boxscore.aspx?gid=51833040&pbp=0

Ninth inning.  Defensive replacement came in to play SS.  Previous SS moves to 2B.
1/17/2013 2:56 PM
Interesting.

Tec, would you mind sharing your def repl hierarchy for those two positions? I'd be curious to see how exactly SIMMY used it to figure out who to put where.
1/17/2013 2:59 PM
That was my opponent's team that made the switch.
1/17/2013 5:36 PM
He had starting SS (!) Kevin Itou (68-72-88-77) slide over to replace Eddie Gumbert (79-71-81-82) at 2B.

The player that came in to replace Itou at SS was Cesar Borbon (76-71-81-82).

The third baseman was Melvin Kwon (66-60-63-57).

So, in total, the newly improved SimAI Manager did defensive substitutions to put this "best defense" on the field:

SS: 76-71-81-82
2B: 68-72-88-77
3B: 66-60-63-57

Before the update, this would have been the defense the manager put on the field:

SS: 76-71-81-82
2B: 79-71-81-82
3B: 66-60-63-57

If the update was working as intended, I would have hoped that the manager would have put this defense on the field (assuming the owner allowed for all defensive replacements):

SS: 76-71-81-82
2B: 79-71-81-82
3B: 68-72-88-77

Basically replacing the sub-par SS and then shifting the SS to replace the sub-par 3B, rather than replacing the superior defensive 2B.
1/17/2013 6:41 PM
I wonder if that had something to do with his Defensive Replacement Settings not being very good, or just poor SIMMY judgement.
1/17/2013 6:49 PM
Posted by mongoose_22 on 1/17/2013 6:41:00 PM (view original):
I wonder if that had something to do with his Defensive Replacement Settings not being very good, or just poor SIMMY judgement.
Certainly a very fair question.

With the limited information included in the update though, it's tough to tell from the outside and also tough to tell how much control we actually have other determining what the "best" defense is.
1/17/2013 8:22 PM
It would appear to me that glove is more heavily favored than is range. Otherwise Itou should never have replaced Gumbert imo.

Definitely need to see more examples before passing judgement, but my initial reaction to that set of moves is not so great.

1/17/2013 11:15 PM
zbrent,

Here was today's PM2 game.  Up 6-2 in the 8th, my 3-times in the last  5 years Gold Glove SS (JimDarwin) , who had the day off, subbed in for good fielding back-up MarvinJames.  James moved to RF and sent TerryParriss to the showers. As it should happen.

http://whatifsports.com/HBD/Pages/Popups/Boxscore.aspx?gid=51865872&pbp=0

4 days ago, just before the logic change, my good defensive 2nd catcher (Schneider) is plunked in the knee in the top of the 6th and gets injured for two games.  Marvin James goes in to run for him.  My regular catcher (Rollins) is in RF.  In the bottom of the inning, James stays in at catcher, EVEN THOUGH his PC is zero.  Rollins stays in RF.  We give up 4 runs in the bottom of the inning to blow a 2-0 lead.  Lose 2-5.

http://whatifsports.com/HBD/Pages/Popups/Boxscore.aspx?gid=51762903&pbp=0

Evidently the logic change works well.

 

1/17/2013 11:19 PM
Posted by moethedog on 1/17/2013 11:17:00 PM (view original):
zbrent,

Here was today's PM2 game.  Up 6-2 in the 8th, my 3-times in the last  5 years Gold Glove SS (JimDarwin) , who had the day off, subbed in for good fielding back-up MarvinJames.  James moved to RF and sent TerryParriss to the showers. As it should happen.

http://whatifsports.com/HBD/Pages/Popups/Boxscore.aspx?gid=51865872&pbp=0

4 days ago, just before the logic change, my good defensive 2nd catcher (Schneider) is plunked in the knee in the top of the 6th and gets injured for two games.  Marvin James goes in to run for him.  My regular catcher (Rollins) is in RF.  In the bottom of the inning, James stays in at catcher, EVEN THOUGH his PC is zero.  Rollins stays in RF.  We give up 4 runs in the bottom of the inning to blow a 2-0 lead.  Lose 2-5.

http://whatifsports.com/HBD/Pages/Popups/Boxscore.aspx?gid=51762903&pbp=0

Evidently the logic change works well.

 

Wouldn't it have made more sense to send James to 2B and Stewart Karl (http://whatifsports.com/HBD/Pages/Popups/PlayerProfile.aspx?pid=3965530) from 2B to RF?
1/17/2013 11:22 PM
Or is the new logic limited to a single shift?

In the same game, why doesn't Gary Bradley move across the diamond to 1B after being replaced? (By the way, great defensive team there.)
1/17/2013 11:29 PM
Perhaps it depends on def replacements hierarchy?

Moe. do you have James listed as the RF def replacement?

1/18/2013 1:46 AM
I do, McHale
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