Critique My Lineup

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So I just completed the Live Series collection in MLB 19, and got Rogers Hornsby and Willie Mays. Added them to my (already fairly stacked) lineup, but given that I have a lot of talent here, I'd like to hear your thoughts about my lineup. Note that all the below cards (except otherwise noted) are part of the Signature Series. I'm open to suggestions on any changes I should make!

  1. LF Rickey Henderson
  2. CF Willie Mays
  3. RF Cody Bellinger*
  4. 2B Rogers Hornsby
  5. 1B Albert Pujols
  6. C Johnny Bench
  7. 3B Brooks Robinson
  8. SS Barry Larkin
  9. Pitcher

Bench: 3B Miguel Cabrera, CF Duke Snider, 2B Ryne Sandberg, C Ivan Rodriguez, SS Fernando Tatis Jr.*

Rotation: Tom Seaver, Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander, Christy Mathewson, Nolan Ryan

Bullpen: 92 PS Patrick Corbin, 89 PS Blake Snell, 89 PS Stephen Strasburg, MA 86 Brandon Workman, 96 Trevor Hoffman, 95 Wade Davis, and 99 Kirby Yates.*

*Finest player

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I don't even remember what most of the cards were in 19 anymore

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To me 3B, SS are the reall areas you could change out, Finest Bogarts is a beast and mashes, same with finest Lindor. 3B has so many options with Bringer of Rain, Cal, Finest Rendon that it was the most interchangeable position in 19.

A personal recommendation is Kendall behind the dish you have alot of power in your line up that a catcher with great contact and speed could set the table at the bottom of your line up for the big boys at the top

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@CDNMoneyMaker93 said in Critique My Lineup:

To me 3B, SS are the reall areas you could change out, Finest Bogarts is a beast and mashes, same with finest Lindor. 3B has so many options with Bringer of Rain, Cal, Finest Rendon that it was the most interchangeable position in 19.

A personal recommendation is Kendall behind the dish you have alot of power in your line up that a catcher with great contact and speed could set the table at the bottom of your line up for the big boys at the top

Yeah, my 3B and SS have always been lacking, lol 🤣 This lineup consists of the best players I can find in my inventory. I'll try putting Kendall in there and see how it goes.

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I would target Lou Gehrig for at least your bench, i would rellace Robinson with Donaldson (one of the best cards last year) he raked for me, any of the finest cards are great as well, Arenado was amazing, as was Yellich who you could unlock after getting i think it was 10 finest players. Shouldn't be too hard now and if you can look into getting Honus Wagner for second base if you can aford getting most cards because he was trully worth the grind last year.

Other then that it's a really good team congrats.

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@The_DoctorsWife said in Critique My Lineup:

@CDNMoneyMaker93 said in Critique My Lineup:

To me 3B, SS are the reall areas you could change out, Finest Bogarts is a beast and mashes, same with finest Lindor. 3B has so many options with Bringer of Rain, Cal, Finest Rendon that it was the most interchangeable position in 19.

A personal recommendation is Kendall behind the dish you have alot of power in your line up that a catcher with great contact and speed could set the table at the bottom of your line up for the big boys at the top

Yeah, my 3B and SS have always been lacking, lol 🤣 This lineup consists of the best players I can find in my inventory. I'll try putting Kendall in there and see how it goes.

He was a staple of my line all year from his 88 AS card to his Sig card. Now in 20 once his 97 FoTF arrived he hasn't left my main squad. I k ow hes not the best but his swing is so good and hes not a liability on the base path like alot of other catchers are.

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@samguenther1987 said in Critique My Lineup:

I would target Lou Gehrig for at least your bench, i would replace Robinson with Donaldson (one of the best cards last year) he raked for me, any of the finest cards are great as well, Arenado was amazing, as was Yellich who you could unlock after getting i think it was 10 finest players. Shouldn't be too hard now and if you can look into getting Honus Wagner for second base if you can aford getting most cards because he was trully worth the grind last year.

Other then that it's a really good team congrats.

Thank you! Been working on it all summer. 😊 I got my eye on Honus for sure. My goal is to work on the team affinity programs and get the flashbacks from those to contribute to Honus Wagner progress. I've gotten some Signature players by going the 11th Inning Infinity conquest map over and over.

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@The_DoctorsWife said in Critique My Lineup:

@samguenther1987 said in Critique My Lineup:

I would target Lou Gehrig for at least your bench, i would replace Robinson with Donaldson (one of the best cards last year) he raked for me, any of the finest cards are great as well, Arenado was amazing, as was Yellich who you could unlock after getting i think it was 10 finest players. Shouldn't be too hard now and if you can look into getting Honus Wagner for second base if you can aford getting most cards because he was trully worth the grind last year.

Other then that it's a really good team congrats.

Thank you! Been working on it all summer. 😊 I got my eye on Honus for sure. My goal is to work on the team affinity programs and get the flashbacks from those to contribute to Honus Wagner progress. I've gotten some Signature players by going the 11th Inning Infinity conquest map over and over.

The 11th inning is a great way to go about it.
O and if i remember correctly Frank Thomas also raked last year and spent most of the year in my lineup and he was free i believe, i can't remember how you get him thiugh (might have been conquest not sure)

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@samguenther1987 said in Critique My Lineup:

@The_DoctorsWife said in Critique My Lineup:

@samguenther1987 said in Critique My Lineup:

I would target Lou Gehrig for at least your bench, i would replace Robinson with Donaldson (one of the best cards last year) he raked for me, any of the finest cards are great as well, Arenado was amazing, as was Yellich who you could unlock after getting i think it was 10 finest players. Shouldn't be too hard now and if you can look into getting Honus Wagner for second base if you can aford getting most cards because he was trully worth the grind last year.

Other then that it's a really good team congrats.

Thank you! Been working on it all summer. 😊 I got my eye on Honus for sure. My goal is to work on the team affinity programs and get the flashbacks from those to contribute to Honus Wagner progress. I've gotten some Signature players by going the 11th Inning Infinity conquest map over and over.

The 11th inning is a great way to go about it.
O and if i remember correctly Frank Thomas also raked last year and spent most of the year in my lineup and he was free i believe, i can't remember how you get him thiugh (might have been conquest not sure)

I got my Frank Thomas from the XP reward path, from the packs were you can pick a 99 Signature Series player every 100 levels.

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Have you completed the Finest collection yet? If not, many of those cards are around quick sell value so you could probably get Finest Realmuto, Yates, Cole, and Yelich for free if you quick sell as you lock in.

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I would also recommend Finest Lindor at either 2nd, SS, or 3rd. He is a switch hitter with pop and diamond defense.

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@The_DoctorsWife said in Critique My Lineup:

@samguenther1987 said in Critique My Lineup:

@The_DoctorsWife said in Critique My Lineup:

@samguenther1987 said in Critique My Lineup:

I would target Lou Gehrig for at least your bench, i would replace Robinson with Donaldson (one of the best cards last year) he raked for me, any of the finest cards are great as well, Arenado was amazing, as was Yellich who you could unlock after getting i think it was 10 finest players. Shouldn't be too hard now and if you can look into getting Honus Wagner for second base if you can aford getting most cards because he was trully worth the grind last year.

Other then that it's a really good team congrats.

Thank you! Been working on it all summer. 😊 I got my eye on Honus for sure. My goal is to work on the team affinity programs and get the flashbacks from those to contribute to Honus Wagner progress. I've gotten some Signature players by going the 11th Inning Infinity conquest map over and over.

The 11th inning is a great way to go about it.
O and if i remember correctly Frank Thomas also raked last year and spent most of the year in my lineup and he was free i believe, i can't remember how you get him thiugh (might have been conquest not sure)

I got my Frank Thomas from the XP reward path, from the packs were you can pick a 99 Signature Series player every 100 levels.

Ok cool, it was the XP path that's right my bad.

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@PennStateFencer said in Critique My Lineup:

Have you completed the Finest collection yet? So many of those cards are around quick sell value that you could probably get Finest Realmuto, Yates, Cole, and Yelich for free if you quick sell as you lock in.

I have not had the chance to complete the Finest Collection yet, no. But here's where my collection stands at the moment:

10/25
93 1B Daniel Vogelbach, 94 LF Mike Yastrzemski, 94 SP Matthew Boyd, 94 RF Trey Mancini, 95 C Mitch Garver, 95 3B Brian Anderson, 96 LF Jeff McNeil, 96 LF Yordan Alvarez, 97 SS Fernando Tatis Jr., and 99 RF Cody Bellinger.

I also have the 99 Kirby Yates as a reward for collecting 10.

Additionally, I have 25,000 stubs.

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@The_DoctorsWife said in Critique My Lineup:

@PennStateFencer said in Critique My Lineup:

Have you completed the Finest collection yet? So many of those cards are around quick sell value that you could probably get Finest Realmuto, Yates, Cole, and Yelich for free if you quick sell as you lock in.

I have not had the chance to complete the Finest Collection yet, no. But here's where my collection stands at the moment:

10/25
93 1B Daniel Vogelbach, 94 LF Mike Yastrzemski, 94 SP Matthew Boyd, 94 RF Trey Mancini, 95 C Mitch Garver, 95 3B Brian Anderson, 96 LF Jeff McNeil, 96 LF Yordan Alvarez, 97 SS Fernando Tatis Jr., and 99 RF Cody Bellinger.

I also have the 99 Kirby Yates as a reward for collecting 10.

Additionally, I have 25,000 stubs.

When you lock them in, make sure you also lock them in under the program section so you get the program stars. Especially if you plan on quick selling any of them.

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Almost forgot, I also have the Finest Juan Soto and the Finest Ronald Acuna Jr.

I haven't claimed the 9th inning program pack yet, in which I have a choice between Finest Charlie Morton, Finest Liam Hendriks, and another Finest Juan Soto. Who should I go with?

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@The_DoctorsWife said in Critique My Lineup:

Almost forgot, I also have the Finest Juan Soto and the Finest Ronald Acuna Jr.

I haven't claimed the 9th inning program pack yet, in which I have a choice between Finest Charlie Morton, Finest Liam Hendriks, and another Finest Juan Soto. Who should I go with?

I loved Acuna's finest card last year, such a nice swing. It depends how much Soto is going for but personaly i would take him and sell him and then go get Arenado who it looks like is going for 10k and is one of the best finest bats from 19. Lindor and Rendon look like there also 10k.

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@The_DoctorsWife said in Critique My Lineup:

Almost forgot, I also have the Finest Juan Soto and the Finest Ronald Acuna Jr.

I haven't claimed the 9th inning program pack yet, in which I have a choice between Finest Charlie Morton, Finest Liam Hendriks, and another Finest Juan Soto. Who should I go with?

You can put in buy orders for all three of those guys for around 5K, so it's not a decision you should stress over. You can always sell and grab someone else if you don't like who you pick.

Morton is definitely not better than your top 5 in the rotation, so I would skip him.

Soto is a solid left handed bench bat, but I wouldn't start him in the outfield since his defense is meh and you have better options. Especially if you go after 99 Yelich.

Hendricks would be a decent option depending on how the rest of your bullpen looks like.

*I would also probably be starting Acuna over Henderson if you have him, but I've never been a huge fan of Henderson's stance. I hit okay with him, but I felt like he had less power than his attributes showed, and he didn't feel like he actually had 99 speed.

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@PennStateFencer said in Critique My Lineup:

@The_DoctorsWife said in Critique My Lineup:

Almost forgot, I also have the Finest Juan Soto and the Finest Ronald Acuna Jr.

I haven't claimed the 9th inning program pack yet, in which I have a choice between Finest Charlie Morton, Finest Liam Hendriks, and another Finest Juan Soto. Who should I go with?

You can put in buy orders for all three of those guys for around 5K, so it's not a decision you should stress over. You can always sell and grab someone else if you don't like who you pick.

Morton is definitely not better than your top 5 in the rotation, so I would skip him.

Soto is a solid left handed bench bat, but I wouldn't start him in the outfield since his defense is meh and you have better options. Especially if you go after 99 Yelich.

Hendricks would be a decent option depending on how the rest of your bullpen looks like.

*I would also probably be starting Acuna over Henderson if you have him, but I've never been a huge fan of Henderson's stance. I hit okay with him, but I felt like he had less power than his attributes showed, and he didn't feel like he actually had 99 speed.

I updated my original post and listed my bullpen arms. I also put Jason Kendall in the 8th spot in my lineup for some speed and contact. Moved Johnny Bench to... well... the bench 😁 Now the bottom half of my order is as follows:

  1. SS 99 Barry Larkin
  2. 3B 99 Brooks Robinson (working on getting someone better)
  3. C 96 Jason Kendall
  4. Pitcher
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Managed to get a couple thousand more Stubs. Since I added Hornsby and Mays to my lineup, Robinson only seldom joins the hit parade. I'm thinking of going ahead and purchasing Finest Rendon or Arenado, but I'm stuck between the two.

They hit about the same, of course (Arenado just has a little less plate discipline). And while Rendon only has gold fielding stats, he can be moved to 2nd and 1st, while Arenado can only be moved to 1st (but has better fielding). Which one should I go for?

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@The_DoctorsWife said in Critique My Lineup:

Managed to get a couple thousand more Stubs. Since I added Hornsby and Mays to my lineup, Robinson only seldom joins the hit parade. I'm thinking of going ahead and purchasing Finest Rendon or Arenado, but I'm stuck between the two.

They hit about the same, of course. And while Rendon only has gold fielding stats, he can be moved to 2nd and 1st, while Arenado can only be moved to 1st (but has better fielding). Which one should I go for?

I loved Arenado's swing last year but in my opinion you really can't go wrong with either.

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