- Modern Manager
Micromanager Felipe Hernandez is designed to
handle modern (ca. 1990) interleague AIM replays, including some draft leagues.* He can,
therefore, handle either DH (AL) or non-DH (NL) teams/seasons. Some of the strategies and
approaches that he takes to note are:
1) Heavy use of lefty-vs-righty platoon advantages; this includes, in particular, the
heavy use of one-batter specialists, generally lefthanders, who will be used to get a
critical out or outs in a close, late game. Most of these types of pitchers will average
less than one inning per outing.
2) Aggressive early with the running game, especially against poor throwing catchers. More
conservative running in middle innings, especially if the "heart" of the team's
lineup is batting. Late, in a close game, he is more likely consider advancing runners
through: a) bunting first; b) hit and run; c) then steal.
3) Very aggressive on the base paths especially with runners trying to take an extra base
while tied or ahead. Quite conservative, however, late in a close game or, obviously, when
4) As is the modern trend, Hernandez tries to setup his starter for the closer. As such,
he will often "rotate" several setup relievers as early as the sixth inning on
in order to secure leads until the ninth when the closer is summoned.
5) A blowout substitution pattern that entails either PRing, PHing or subbing defensively
for star players. Generally, he tries to use "itchy" players first as subs.
6) Quite conservative in permitting relievers to pitch more than, roughly, 3+ innings.
Ideally, his approach is to limit relievers to less than 2 innings, even in lopsided games
and to employ a number of relievers in order to finish up.
7) Hernandez, as is the contemporary style, reluctant to let relievers bat. As such, he
will liberally use the double switch and, with some exceptions, almost all PH for a
reliever, even in one-sided "safe" or "lost" games.
* Hernandez does have several strategies that may or may not be desirable for draft league
1) He does rank relief pitchers in a save situation based upon, broadly speaking, their
save totals (saves are adjusted based upon several factors). So, a lower graded reliever
with more saves will be used over a higher graded pitcher with less saves.
2) His blowout substitution pattern may be more conservative than one would want for a
draft league, especially in a league where there are tight restrictions on player usage.
3) Additionally, Hernandez is not programmed to aggressively handle teams with multiple
"super closer" type relievers, i.e, those with 25 or more saves. Generally, any
team with more than on of these types of pitchers will see Hernandez staying essentially
in save situations with the "best" closer (as measured by total saves) with the
other closer being used as a setup reliever. The latter, then, will accumulate very few,
if any, saves. So, instead of a "bullpen by committee" approach, Hernandez will,
instead, stay with one super closer.