Clutch Baseball Stadiums #26-30

St. Louis

The “best fans in baseball” will be on their feet after each DP turned. Pack your team with speedsters from ANY team when using this Stadium!

You will draw 1 card after each successful double play turned (on defense) no matter who your defenders are, or who the batter is. Build a solid defensive infield, and make sure your team is quick enough to beat out double play attempts. You do get -3 to each double play attempt (with a St. Louis batter). The slowest one is speed 11, so technically a speed 19 (with the -3 bonus & +5 speed bonus on a DP), so they are all decent options. Use any St. Louis pitcher, like ground ball specialist Dakota Hudson, to benefit from a 2-for-1 effect.

Texas

Texas Stadium reflects their #1 ranking in Ballpark Factors in 2019, runs.

This is going to be a fun Stadium card to play if you pack your lineup with the affordable batters from Texas. After an inning when you score, you can choose to draw an additional card or have your opponent discard a card. The versatility of this Stadium is interesting, but it can also hurt you if your opponent scores. If you want to take advantage of the Texas Basrunner effect, the entire offense is very affordable. The only batter that is more than 250 salary is Danny Santana, who is worth every bit of his 350 salary. Of the 7 batters, 4 have a speed of 14 or higher making scoring a lot easier.

Remainder of Stadiums 26-30

Seattle resembles a similar Stadium card to LA-N from last season. You may draw 1 or have an opponent discard after a 1-2-3 inning. You get the same draw 1/discard 1 for the Seattle Pitcher’s effect, but you can avoid the effect all together if a Seattle batter makes the 3rd out. Tampa Bay uses it’s artificial turf to limit IF Throw’s to the plate as a Defensive Play (rather than Defensive Throw’s). This can make it more of a challenge for the defense on a slow batter, or it’s possible the quickly hit ball may make it harder for speedsters (21+ speed) to score. Toronto reflects the highest HR ballpark factor in the MLB last season. Draw 1 card after each XBH, and draw 2/discard 1 with a Toronto batter. Completely negate the effect with a Toronto pitcher, like the newly aquired Hyun-Jin Ryu!

Clutch Baseball Stadiums #21-25

Oakland

All that empty real-estate in foul territory can be tricky. Take advantage of weak defensive teams with the Oakland Stadium card.

It really stinks getting out on your own batters chart. Don’t you wish you could re-roll that swing, especially during that Clutch Moment? Use Oakland to force your opponent to make a Defensive Play after all batter’s chart FB’s. If it fails, you get another pitch rolled. Use Matt Chapman, or any of the Oakland batters, and you can re-roll the swing; instead of getting a new pitch thrown! You can make things easier on yourself (adding Pitcher’s Defense) by using good defenders like Jake Diekman, or Joakim Soria, who are both+3 defense.

Philadelphia

Philadelphia takes a page from the playbook on this one, as the main effect increases handedness bonuses.

Unfortunately Philadelphia’s offense isn’t loaded with handedness bonus batters. Rhys Hoskins (12 L+1 becomes a L+2), Jean Segura (11 R+1 becomes a R+2), and Adam Haseley (9 R+2 becomes a R+3). But Philadelphia’s pitchers 100% make up for it, because ALL OF THEM have handedness bonuses. Seranthony Dominguez and Ranger Suarez already cap out at +3, but the remaining 5 can benefit from it. Take advantage with Strategy Cards, and bullpen matchups.

Remainder of Stadiums 21-25

Pittsburgh’s effect is representing it’s league leading BB factor from 2019. The lowest 1B on the Pitcher’s Chart becomes a BB, unless there is a Pittsburgh Pitcher on the hill. Then you actually have the option to choose. This can help you “work the count” on opposing pitchers. San Diego is a “rally” stadium for the losing team. It activates when the game is tied or you are losing. The secondary effects only activate when you have the advantage, but it’s a good incentive to build around SD players. San Francisco allows you to swap a middle infielder (SS/2B) with your pitchers defense during a SB attempt. It even allows you to re-roll a failed SB attempt with a San Francisco Baserunner. Good luck though, their fastest guy is Evan Longoria at Speed 12-C.

Clutch Baseball Stadiums #16-20

Minnesota

Minnesota hit a record 307 homeruns last season, so expect nothing less from the most powerful Stadium card in Clutch Baseball this year.

Minnesota is the perfect Stadium card for battling a tough pitching squad. It will +1 to the pitcher’s X-Zone, with Minnesota pitchers negating the effect. This makes their 2 X-Zone rotation of Berrios, Odorizzi, and Maeda comparable to a rotation of 1 X-Zone pitchers. They have a full bullpen of 1/2 X-Zone pitchers, giving the home team a clear advantage with this Stadium effect. Finish your opponent off with a lineup of (very good) Minnesota batters, who will all receive -1 to the Pitch Roll during a Clutch Moment.

New York

New York is a tough place to play under pressure. You better bring some Clutch players to the Bronx, or this Stadium will make you pay.

These Savages from the Bronx have plenty of positive Clutch options when building around this Stadium. DJ LeMahieu lead their offense last year, and has a +3 Clutch to show for it. Five of their seven batters have positive Clutch, and they have a great rotation to balance the pitching effect. You may not be able to build this expensive team around Gerrit Cole, but there are plenty of bullpen options. Building around a bullpen may be smarter anyway. Bring in that NY-A arm during the late innings, when your opponent will be looking to play Power-Die cards that effect high-level Clutch Moments.

Remainder of Stadiums 16-20

If you don’t want to effect the game as drastically as New York, use a speed themed roster in Miami. All baserunners’ Clutch is applied to their speed during Clutch Moments. You’re safe to use any Miami player, even if they have negative Clutch, if you please. But this card really opens the door to any +2/3 Clutch player from ANY team. Although it’s very intriguing to utilize the Miami Pitcher effect, that allows you to draw 1 card after each Baserunner is thrown out during a Clutch Moment. We’re looking at you Sandy Alcantara. Milwaukee is the mirror effect of LA-A, which will also work well for speed-themed teams. The Stadium in Queens is a little more quirky. This stadium’s effect allows you to take 2nd base (automatically) if it’s open after the highest 1B on the batters chart. Roster a lot of Speed A/B batters for this extra power-boost in your lineup, and roster the solid New York-N pitchers if you want to limit your opponent to speed A baserunners.