tdkearns wrote:Strat has a 50/50 system - the dice rolls half the time on the pitcher’s card and half on the hitter’s.

My view is that the 50/50 system devalues the dominant pitchers since half the time the pitcher has no effect on the outcome.

So to answer your question, it’s a tie which means the hitters win more in Strat than would in real life against a true top pitcher.

I disagree that SOM's 50-50 systems favors hitters. In real life, a dominant pitcher will still give up hits. Let's take an example. Matty Alou hit .342 in 1966. Against right handed pitching, here's how he would do if every roll came off of his card:

AB 106

H 43

HBP 2

Avg. .405

But if he comes up '62 Hoyt Wilhem, who has few hits and walks on his card, Alou's totals (assuming equal rolls pitcher and batter) would look like this:

AB 207

H 47

BB 7

HBP 2

Avg. .227

Fielders would give up some hits on X chances, so Matty would probably hit around .240 if he faced Wilhelm every at bat. That seems pretty dominant to me, holding a .342 hitter to the low two hundreds in batting average.

Furthermore, one of SOM's competitors grades pitchers A, B, C, or D (along with some additional ratings that affect walks and strikeouts). These letter grade ratings only affect 15-20 percent of dice rolls. Nevertheless, in the game an A pitcher is dominant and a D pitcher is terrible. So, 50 percent is plenty to differentiate between a star pitcher and an average pitcher and a dud. In fact, it can be done with less.

On any given roll, it can be frustrating that your star pitcher gives up a key hit when the roll is off of the hitter's card. However, while your ace's card did not affect the outcome, it did realistically affect the

odds of a hit given up prior to the dice roll.SOM has a couple of minor flaws. However, its 50-50 system of batter versus pitcher is not one of them.