How to Play

Rules of Baseball

OF - Outfielders B1 - Base 1
IF - Infielders B2 - Base 2
HB - Homebase B3 - Base 3
The Basics
Similar to cricket, baseball is a competition between a pitcher (bowler) and batter (batsman). The pitcher needs to get the batter out while the batter needs to score runs. The team that scores more runs wins.
  • Each team has 9 players
  • Each team plays a minimum of 9 innings each. If the scores are level after 9 innings, extra innings are played till a winner is decided
  • The number of outs (wickets) in each innings are 3 per team

Understanding Batting

  • If a batter hits the ball in play (ahead of the foul line), he HAS to run towards first base. A new batter will come up to home plate after him
  • A run is scored every time someone from the batting team crosses the ‘home plate’. This can happen only after the player crosses 1st, 2nd and 3rd base successfully.
  • Upto 4 players (1 batter + 3 runners) from the batting team can be on the pitch (on each base). This is known as ‘bases loaded’.
  • If the batter hits the ball out of the ground, it is called a Home Run. The batting team scores runs based on the number of players they have on the field. For example, if they have 4 players, they will score 4 runs.
  • Another strategy unique to baseball is called base stealing. Base stealing mostly occurs when a runner advances to the next base while the pitcher is pitching the ball

Understanding Pitching

There are three ways to get batters out
  • Strike Out - This is when the pitcher lands the ball in the strike zone and the batter misses three times in a row. If the batter swings and misses, it is also considered a strike no matter where the ball is. If the batter hits the ball behind the foul line, it is considered a strike EXCEPT on the 3rd strike, in which case he will get another hit.
  • Caught Out - Exactly like cricket, a batter is caught out when any player from the pitching team catches the ball without bouncing after the batter hits it
  • Force Out/Tag Out (similar to run out) - A batter or runner is forced out or tagged out while advancing bases. The opposition is able to get him out by throwing the ball to a fielder at the upcoming base or if he is ‘tagged’ by the member of the opposing team while attempting to reach the next base. It is possible to get two or three outs as well (referred to as a double-play and a triple-play)

'Pitch Vs Ball' And Walking

It is important to understand the terminology of baseball. A legitimate delivery is called a ‘pitch’ while an illegal delivery is called a ‘ball’. A ball refers to any delivery that lands outside the strike zone AND the batter does attempt to play it. Delivering 4 ‘balls’ to the same batter results in a ‘walk’ - which means the batter advances to 1st base freely. If a pitcher hits the batter’s body even once, the batter straightaway gets a walk.

Creating your team

Every baseball team you create on Dream11 has to have 9 players, of which a maximum of 6 players can be from any one team playing the real-life match.
Player Combinations
Your Dream11 can have different combinations of players, but has to be within the 100 credit cap and must qualify the following team selection criteria:
Player Type Min Max
Outfielder 2 5
Infielder 2 5
Pitcher 1 1
Catcher 1 1

Captain and Vice-Captain Points

Once you have selected your 9 players, you will have to assign a captain and vice-captain for your team.
The captain will give you 2x points scored by them in the actual match.
The vice-captain will give you 1.5x points scored by them in the actual match.
The Captained By (% C By) and Vice-Captained By (% VC By) stats help you understand how other players have chosen their teams.
Choose a popular pick as captain, or find a differential to score big against your competition.
For a detailed point system, check below:

Fantasy Points System

Batting

Single (1B)Batter reaches first base
4
Double (2B)Batter reaches second base
6
Triple (3B)Batter reaches third base
10
Home Run (HR)Batter hits it out of the park or reaches back to home base
12
Runs Batted In (RBI)Batter on strike caused one or more runs to be scored
3
Run Scored (R)Player crosses home base to score a run.
3
Base on Balls (BBH) or WalkA walk (or base on balls) occurs when a pitcher throws 4 'balls' or illegal deliveries to the same batter
4
Stolen Base (SB)Runner advances to next base while pitcher is pitching
8

Pitching

Inning Pitched (IP)The pitcher gets 3 batters outs. The pitcher gets 1 point per out.
3
Strikeout (SO)The pitcher throws three strikes to get a batter out
2
Earned Run (ER)Run conceded by the pitcher
-3
Hit Allowed (H)When a batter reaches 1st, 2nd or 3rd base (or hits a home run)
-1
Base on Balls (BBP) or WalkA walk occurs when a pitcher throws 4 'balls' or illegal deliveries to the same batter
-1

Other Important Points

  • Fantasy points will be awarded for all actions during a possible extra innings (if scores are tied after 9 innings are played by both teams)
  • Each batter will get points only for one of the following events - 1B, 2B, 3B or Home Run. A player will not score points for completing bases (1B to 2B, 2B to 3B, etc.) if he’s not the batter on strike
  • Runs Batted In (RBI): When a Run is scored, the batter who was ‘at base’ (i.e. on strike), whose action caused the run to be scored, gets awarded an RBI. For example, a batter hits a double (2B) and has teammates are on 3rd base and 2nd base. In that play, if both his teammates reach home plate, his team gets 2 runs, while he gets awarded 2 RBIs. If he hits a home run (HR), then he and his teammates would reach home and the team gets 3 runs. The batter would get points for a HR, 3 RBI (2 for his teammate, and 1 for himself), and 1 Run.
  • Innings Pitched (IP): A pitcher is given 1/3rd an IP for each out he/she records. However, the way IP is displayed is a little different. For the first out, it is shown as 0.1 (which means 1/3), the 2nd is shown as 0.2 (which means 2/3) and the 3rd is shown as 1.0. In terms of fantasy points, 0.1 IP = 1 pt, 0.2 IP = 2pts, 1.0 IP = 3 pt, 1.1 IP = 4 pts, etc.
  • If a batter scores a home run, the pitcher gets points for Earned Run (ER) + Hit Allowed (H). For example, if there is only one batter on the field and he scores a home run, the pitcher will get -4 points. (-3 for Earned Run and -1 for Hit Allowed)
  • If a pitcher gets a strikeout, he will get a total of 3 points (2 for the strikeout + 1 for the out)
  • A player who has been transferred from one team to the other might still be available for selection for his older team until the next scheduled team update on Dream11. However, no points will be attributed to the player in such a situation.
  • Data is provided by reliable sources and once the match has been marked as completed i.e., winners have been declared, no further adjustments will be made. Points awarded live in-game are subject to change as long as the match status is 'In progress' or 'Waiting for review'.
  • Winners will be declared for matches where there is a result. A match usually has a result when a minimum of 5 innings are played by each side.
  • If a player is announced in starting lineup, but is replaced by another player before the match starts, the player who comes in as a replacement will get points for that match.
  • Hit By Pitch (HBP): There are no fantasy points for a Hit By Pitch (when a pitch hits the batter's body). The batter is given a walk to first base, but no points are awarded to either the batter or the pitcher