The best possible team right now in my opinion

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With all the new content that has dropped over the past few days, I felt like sharing what I believe to be the best team in DD right now. I'll mention a few pros/cons per player and also a few honorable mentions down below.

Small disclaimer before someone checks out my record to decide whether how much weight they wanna attribute to my opinion (weird phenomenon, but that's how people roll and I get it): my record is 0-0 so save yourself some time. I'm solely dedicated to BR until I move to the US later this year, where I'll once again pick up my RS game. I do play friendlies on legend almost daily, so I know how the game plays online above all-star difficulty. Most who have been around here for a while know that I'm a skilled and experienced player, so that's that.

Also, these are just my opinions. If you disagree or prefer a different player that's totally fine. I would always advise anyone to use a player you perform well with instead of a player someone else recommended.

With that out of the way, here we go:

Catcher: 98 J.T. Realmuto (not the TA3 card, but the one from the AS pack)
A lot of people will probably have Kyle Schwarber here, which is understandable based on the offensive attributes. Schwarber has the better bat. The Catcher Pop Time quirk is a game changer to me though, because you will shut down any run or speed cheese game with Realmuto behind the dish. His offensive attributes are also very balanced and his swing is fantastic. To me he is the most balanced catcher in the game right now.

First Base: 99 Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
I was a little on the fence when this card dropped because I struggled a bit with his swing. When you get it down, I think this card outperforms every other first baseman in the game. He has the splits you want to have (better against righties, still elite against lefties), he has active quirks like "breaking ball hitter" and his defense goes up to gold at parallel 5. Which is insane to me. Big Papi is still a close second, but I think Vlad Jr. is the better player. You can also play him at 3B, which is nice.

Second Base: 99 Jackie Robinson
I usually strongly dislike Jackie cards in this game, mostly because of his lack of power and his swing. This Jackie has everything you want, at parallel 5 his power numbers are 85/89 which is insane for a Jackie Robinson card. His high contact and speed make him the best lead off hitter in the game and he has diamond defense meaning he'll have elite range in the field. Not much to dislike about the card.

Third Base: 99 Chipper Jones
This pick probably surprises no one. I'm always a huge fan of Chipper cards (traded in my Joe Random for Chipper in MLBTS 17) and like Jackie, this is the best version of Chipper Jones we've ever seen. Switch hitting lefty killer with some wheels, gold defense at parallel 5 AND positional flexibility (he can play shortstop) make him the best card in the game imo. I can't think of a single thing I don't like about this card, but if I had to pick something I'd say his contact against righties could've been a bit higher. But 108 at parallel 5 is obviously plenty.

Shortstop: 96 Trevor Story
I used to play my CAP here, but I picked Story out of one of my flawless packs and decided to try him out for fun. He has become one of my favorite cards to use with also one of the best swings I've seen. He plays well above his attributes and his defense is godlike, he runs down pretty much everything. At parralal 5 he has 92 speed with 99 fielding and 99 reaction, along with 97 arm strength. This is basically a power hitting Ozzie Smith or Omar Vizquel minus the switch hitting. His vision is a little low, so he will have a small PCI on HOF and Legend difficulty.

Left Field: 96 Mike Trout
I mean, it's Mike Trout. I put him in LF but you can play him anywhere, as long as he's on the field. Can't wait for a flashback Mike Trout, who will be one of my 3 endgame outfielders for sure.

Center Field: 96 Jasson Dominguez
This card is so much fun. His speed and defense practically makes this card a switch hitting Byron Buxton, but with a better swing imo. This card also plays well above his attributes, everything seems to be hit hard. The only knack I have is that he is kind of short and I caught myself chasing some fastballs above the zone because they look so good that I forget about his height. Despite that, he's the best CF in the game right now in my opinion.

Right Field: 99 Ronald Acuña Jr.
With Acuña's injury, this will probably be the best version we will see this year. And he does not disappoint. At parallel 5, this card will have 120+ power against both sides with 99 speed and 99 arm in a RF primary position. That's insane. The fielding does not go up to 90 so he will have a gold fielding badge at best, but I think he is still gonna be worth using over any other outfielder who does have diamond fielding. His reaction and speed are gonna make up for it. Also, this card has the active quirks just like his LS card, which I value a lot.

Honorable mentions:

98 Trea Turner
If this card had gold defense, he would be my starting CF or 2B. Insane swing, insane speed, great hitting attributes. Probably the best budget card in the game.

97 Yoenis Cespedes
I used this card a bit for fun and to mix it up a little. And he surprised me, he literally hits everything hard. I bat .519 with him while slugging 1.221 in just under 80 plate appearances mostly on legend and some on HOF. His lack of defense would prevent me from using him on my God squad, but he is an offensive juggernaut.

99 Prince Fielder
If you're looking for a lefty power bat at 1B, this is your guy. He's practically free if you complete the whole TA3 program and to me he in the same tier as Vlad Jr. and Big Papi.

97 Eduardo Escobar
Many people will sleep on this card, but especially in the lower ranks like All-Star difficulty, this card will perform fantastic. A switch hitter with a great swing and more than serviceable hitting attributes who can play anywhere but CF makes him the perfect utility player on the bench.

Starting Rotation
Note: I won't go into too much detail here, it's personal preference more than anything.

  1. 99 Jacob DeGrom
  2. 99 Shohei Ohtani
  3. 97 Al Leiter
  4. 94 Edward Cabrera
  5. 96 Tom Glavine / 99 Freddy Peralta

Bullpen

  1. 96 Alex Reyes
  2. 97 Josh Hader
  3. 84 Aroldis Chapman
  4. 91 John Franco
  5. 95 Rob Dibble
  6. 97 Dennis Eckersley
  7. 99 Rich Gossage
  8. 99 Mariano Rivera
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eduardo escobar hit 4 homeruns off me yesterday in a HOF game
i'm a believer now
https://mlb21.theshow.com/games/226637405?username=qwesty16

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Do you have to pitch out to throw guys out with Realmuto or are you gunning them on normal strike pitches?

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My list is pretty much the same, with Turner over Jackie and Perez over JT. At P2 Turner gets up to silver fielding and as someone that has always used Hornsby at 2nd the last 2 years silver fielding doesn't bother me there. I prefer Turner's bat to Jackie's. Same with Perez. Something about his swing just clicks for me and although I am at a disadvantage without pop time, I just hit better with Salvy then I do JT. Also spot on review on Cespedes. If he had better fielding he would start for me easily. An absolute must draft in BR IMO

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@raesone_psn said in The best possible team right now in my opinion:

With all the new content that has dropped over the past few days, I felt like sharing what I believe to be the best team in DD right now. I'll mention a few pros/cons per player and also a few honorable mentions down below.

Small disclaimer before someone checks out my record to decide whether how much weight they wanna attribute to my opinion (weird phenomenon, but that's how people roll and I get it): my record is 0-0 so save yourself some time. I'm solely dedicated to BR until I move to the US later this year, where I'll once again pick up my RS game. I do play friendlies on legend almost daily, so I know how the game plays online above all-star difficulty. Most who have been around here for a while know that I'm a skilled and experienced player, so that's that.

Also, these are just my opinions. If you disagree or prefer a different player that's totally fine. I would always advise anyone to use a player you perform well with instead of a player someone else recommended.

With that out of the way, here we go:

Catcher: 98 J.T. Realmuto (not the TA3 card, but the one from the AS pack)
A lot of people will probably have Kyle Schwarber here, which is understandable based on the offensive attributes. Schwarber has the better bat. The Catcher Pop Time quirk is a game changer to me though, because you will shut down any run or speed cheese game with Realmuto behind the dish. His offensive attributes are also very balanced and his swing is fantastic. To me he is the most balanced catcher in the game right now.

First Base: 99 Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
I was a little on the fence when this card dropped because I struggled a bit with his swing. When you get it down, I think this card outperforms every other first baseman in the game. He has the splits you want to have (better against righties, still elite against lefties), he has active quirks like "breaking ball hitter" and his defense goes up to gold at parallel 5. Which in insane to me. Big Papi is still a close second, but I think Vlad Jr. is the better player. You can also play him at 3B, which is nice.

Second Base: 99 Jackie Robinson
I usually strongly dislike Jackie cards in this game, mostly because of his lack of power and his swing. This Jackie has everything you want, at parallel 5 his power numbers are 85/89 which is insane for a Jackie Robinson card. His high contact and speed make him the best lead off hitter in the game and he has diamond defense meaning he'll have elite range in the field. Not much to dislike about the card.

Third Base: 99 Chipper Jones
This pick probably surprises no one. I'm always a huge fan of Chipper cards (traded in my Joe Random for Chipper in MLBTS 17) and like Jackie, this is the best version of Chipper Jones we've ever seen. Switch hitting lefty killer with some wheels, gold defense at parallel 5 AND positional flexibility (he can play shortstop) make him the best card in the game imo. I can't think of a single thing I don't like about this card, but if I had to pick something I'd say his contact against righties could've been a bit higher. But 108 at parallel 5 is obviously plenty.

Shortstop: 96 Trevor Story
I used to play my CAP here, but I picked Story out of one of my flawless packs and decided to try him out for fun. He has become one of my favorite cards to use with also one of the best swings I've seen. He plays well above his attributes and his defense is godlike, he runs down pretty much everything. At parralal 5 he has 92 speed with 99 fielding and 99 reaction, along with 97 arm strength. This is basically a power hitting Ozzie Smith or Omar Vizquel minus the switch hitting. His vision is a little low, so he will have a small PCI on HOF and Legend difficulty.

Left Field: 96 Mike Trout
I mean, it's Mike Trout. I put him in LF but you can play him anywhere, as long as he's on the field. Can't wait for a flashback Mike Trout, who will be one of my 3 endgame outfielders for sure.

Center Field: 96 Jasson Dominguez
This card is so much fun. His speed and defense practically makes this card a switch hitting Byron Buxton, but with a better swing imo. This card also plays well above his attributes, everything seems to be hit hard. The only knack I have is that he is kind of short and I caught myself chasing some fastballs above the zone because they look so good that I forget about his height. Despite that, he's the best CF in the game right now in my opinion.

Right Field: 99 Ronald Acuña Jr.
With Acuña's injury, this will probably be the best version we will see this year. And he does not disappoint. At parallel 5, this card will have 120+ power against both sides with 99 speed and 99 arm in a RF primary position. That's insane. The fielding does not go up to 90 so he will have a gold fielding badge at best, but I think he is still gonna be worth using over any other outfielder who does have diamond fielding. His reaction and speed are gonna make up for it. Also, this card has the active quirks just like his LS card, which I value a lot.

Honorable mentions:

98 Trea Turner
If this card had gold defense, he would be my starting CF or 2B. Insane swing, insane speed, great hitting attributes. Probably the best budget card in the game.

97 Yoenis Cespedes
I used this card a bit for fun and to mix it up a little. And he surprised me, he literally hits everything hard. I bat .519 with him while slugging 1.221 in just under 80 plate appearances mostly on legend and some on HOF. His lack of defense would prevent me from using him on my God squad, but he is an offensive juggernaut.

99 Prince Fielder
If you're looking for a lefty power bat at 1B, this is your guy. He's practically free if you complete the whole TA3 program and to me he in the same tier as Vlad Jr. and Big Papi.

97 Eduardo Escobar
Many people will sleep on this card, but especially in the lower ranks like All-Star difficulty, this card will perform fantastic. A switch hitter with a great swing and more than serviceable hitting attributes who can play anywhere but CF makes him the perfect utility player on the bench.

Starting Rotation
Note: I won't go into too much detail here, it's personal preference more than anything.

  1. 99 Jacob DeGrom
  2. 99 Shohei Ohtani
  3. 97 Al Leiter
  4. 94 Edward Cabrera
  5. 96 Tom Glavine / 99 Freddy Peralta

Bullpen

  1. 96 Alex Reyes
  2. 97 Josh Hader
  3. 84 Aroldis Chapman
  4. 91 James Franco
  5. 95 Rob Dibble
  6. 97 Dennis Eckersley
  7. 99 Rich Gossage
  8. 99 Mariano Rivera

I would still start turner over robinson or put him in the outfield over Jason. He is a better bat than both of those cards and the defense won't show up that much at those two positions. I get the argument for jt at catcher and will probably do the same on AS but HOF will be the scwarbs.

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@so-icy42_xbl said in The best possible team right now in my opinion:

Do you have to pitch out to throw guys out with Realmuto or are you gunning them on normal strike pitches?

I'm gunning them on normal pitches. Obviously you will give up a stolen base when you throw a 70mph curveball when there's a guy with 90+ speed on base, but if you slidestep and be smart about it, you will completely shut down a running game.

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@the_dragon1912 said in The best possible team right now in my opinion:

My list is pretty much the same, with Turner over Jackie and Perez over JT. At P2 Turner gets up to silver fielding and as someone that has always used Hornsby at 2nd the last 2 years silver fielding doesn't bother me there. I prefer Turner's bat to Jackie's. Same with Perez. Something about his swing just clicks for me and although I am at a disadvantage without pop time, I just hit better with Salvy then I do JT. Also spot on review on Cespedes. If he had better fielding he would start for me easily. An absolute must draft in BR IMO

I hear you, I like Turner a ton but I value defense a lot. Silver is not gonna cut it for me and offensively Jackie has been stupid good, so I have no reason to replace him. Perez is insane offensively but he doesn't have the Pop time quirk. If he would, he would start over Realmuto.

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How do you slide step? I’m a first year Xbox player. I’ve been gunning people by just getting tricky with my pitchouts.

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@so-icy42_xbl said in The best possible team right now in my opinion:

How do you slide step? I’m a first year Xbox player. I’ve been gunning people by just getting tricky with my pitchouts.

You hold L2 (left trigger?) while pitching out of the stretch.

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@raesone_psn said in The best possible team right now in my opinion:

Bullpen

96 Alex Reyes
97 Josh Hader
84 Aroldis Chapman
91 James Franco
95 Rob Dibble
97 Dennis Eckersley
99 Rich Gossage
99 Mariano Rivera

Love that you did this and very helpful. One bullpen question though: Which James Franco should I use? The one from Pineapple Express or the one from Rise of the Planet of the Apes?

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@writetoshawn_psn said in The best possible team right now in my opinion:

@raesone_psn said in The best possible team right now in my opinion:

Bullpen

96 Alex Reyes
97 Josh Hader
84 Aroldis Chapman
91 James Franco
95 Rob Dibble
97 Dennis Eckersley
99 Rich Gossage
99 Mariano Rivera

Love that you did this and very helpful. One bullpen question though: Which James Franco should I use? The one from Pineapple Express or the one from Rise of the Planet of the Apes?

Ha, my bad. I watched the Tobey Maguire Spider-man trilogy earlier this week, and now I got James Franco in my head. I edited it to John.

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Nice write up. I disagree with a bit but it’s all who we can swing with like I can’t hit with Jackie and so far, embarrassingly, to say I am struggling with Acuna vs rookie haha.

Also I am guessing this is without CAP because no matter how your slice it they simply cannot make a better card than max stats and speed at any position with any height and weight and any swing.

Gonna take a peak at Dominguez I suppose.

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@untchable704_psn said in The best possible team right now in my opinion:

Nice write up. I disagree with a bit but it’s all who we can swing with like I can’t hit with Jackie and so far, embarrassingly, to say I am struggling with Acuna vs rookie haha.

Also I am guessing this is without CAP because no matter how your slice it they simply cannot make a better card than max stats and speed at any position with any height and weight and any swing.

Gonna take a peak at Dominguez I suppose.

Yeah I left the CAP out intentionally. The community is very devided when it comes to using a CAP, but I think it goes without saying that a CAP would be the best player wherever you play him.

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Good list. I agree all the way around. I try to keep 2 switch hitter in the starting lineup tho. Lately it'd been the new jram and I still like using adley

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Ok I know that my team is not the best and I need to do more Team Affinity, but who should I try to pick up for my team? Also not the best at setting who goes where in my lineup so any help would be appreciated.

1-CF-96 Future Stars Jasson Dominguez
2-2B-96 POTM Marcus Semien
3-C-98 POTM Kyle Schwarber
4-1B-96 2nd Half Jim Thome
5-LF-98 All-Star TA3 Aaron Judge
6-SS-96 ASG Xander Bogaerts
7-3B-95 POTM Johnathon Schoop
8-RF-95 POTM Byron Buxton

Bench: Prime 95 Cliff Floyd- LF, RF
93 Veteran Jimmie Foxx- 1B, C, 3B
96 POTM Carlos Correa- SS, 2B, 3B
92 Breakout Gary Sheffield- 3B
96 Milestone Dante Bichette- RF, LF

Starting Pitchers: 94 Future Stars Edward Cabrera
94 POTM Zack Wheeler
94 POTM Tyler Glasnow
93 Future Stars Shane McClanahan
93 POTM Corbin Burnes

Bullpen: 88 Live Series Hader
93 Prime Zack Britton
90 Milestone Jeurys Familia
96 ASG Liam Hendriks
84 Live Series Aroldis Chapman
95 POTM Ryan Pressley
95 Milestone Lee Smith
97 Signature Series Dennis Eckersley

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@raesone_psn said in The best possible team right now in my opinion:

With all the new content that has dropped over the past few days, I felt like sharing what I believe to be the best team in DD right now. I'll mention a few pros/cons per player and also a few honorable mentions down below.

Small disclaimer before someone checks out my record to decide whether how much weight they wanna attribute to my opinion (weird phenomenon, but that's how people roll and I get it): my record is 0-0 so save yourself some time. I'm solely dedicated to BR until I move to the US later this year, where I'll once again pick up my RS game. I do play friendlies on legend almost daily, so I know how the game plays online above all-star difficulty. Most who have been around here for a while know that I'm a skilled and experienced player, so that's that.

Also, these are just my opinions. If you disagree or prefer a different player that's totally fine. I would always advise anyone to use a player you perform well with instead of a player someone else recommended.

With that out of the way, here we go:

Catcher: 98 J.T. Realmuto (not the TA3 card, but the one from the AS pack)
A lot of people will probably have Kyle Schwarber here, which is understandable based on the offensive attributes. Schwarber has the better bat. The Catcher Pop Time quirk is a game changer to me though, because you will shut down any run or speed cheese game with Realmuto behind the dish. His offensive attributes are also very balanced and his swing is fantastic. To me he is the most balanced catcher in the game right now.

First Base: 99 Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
I was a little on the fence when this card dropped because I struggled a bit with his swing. When you get it down, I think this card outperforms every other first baseman in the game. He has the splits you want to have (better against righties, still elite against lefties), he has active quirks like "breaking ball hitter" and his defense goes up to gold at parallel 5. Which in insane to me. Big Papi is still a close second, but I think Vlad Jr. is the better player. You can also play him at 3B, which is nice.

Second Base: 99 Jackie Robinson
I usually strongly dislike Jackie cards in this game, mostly because of his lack of power and his swing. This Jackie has everything you want, at parallel 5 his power numbers are 85/89 which is insane for a Jackie Robinson card. His high contact and speed make him the best lead off hitter in the game and he has diamond defense meaning he'll have elite range in the field. Not much to dislike about the card.

Third Base: 99 Chipper Jones
This pick probably surprises no one. I'm always a huge fan of Chipper cards (traded in my Joe Random for Chipper in MLBTS 17) and like Jackie, this is the best version of Chipper Jones we've ever seen. Switch hitting lefty killer with some wheels, gold defense at parallel 5 AND positional flexibility (he can play shortstop) make him the best card in the game imo. I can't think of a single thing I don't like about this card, but if I had to pick something I'd say his contact against righties could've been a bit higher. But 108 at parallel 5 is obviously plenty.

Shortstop: 96 Trevor Story
I used to play my CAP here, but I picked Story out of one of my flawless packs and decided to try him out for fun. He has become one of my favorite cards to use with also one of the best swings I've seen. He plays well above his attributes and his defense is godlike, he runs down pretty much everything. At parralal 5 he has 92 speed with 99 fielding and 99 reaction, along with 97 arm strength. This is basically a power hitting Ozzie Smith or Omar Vizquel minus the switch hitting. His vision is a little low, so he will have a small PCI on HOF and Legend difficulty.

Left Field: 96 Mike Trout
I mean, it's Mike Trout. I put him in LF but you can play him anywhere, as long as he's on the field. Can't wait for a flashback Mike Trout, who will be one of my 3 endgame outfielders for sure.

Center Field: 96 Jasson Dominguez
This card is so much fun. His speed and defense practically makes this card a switch hitting Byron Buxton, but with a better swing imo. This card also plays well above his attributes, everything seems to be hit hard. The only knack I have is that he is kind of short and I caught myself chasing some fastballs above the zone because they look so good that I forget about his height. Despite that, he's the best CF in the game right now in my opinion.

Right Field: 99 Ronald Acuña Jr.
With Acuña's injury, this will probably be the best version we will see this year. And he does not disappoint. At parallel 5, this card will have 120+ power against both sides with 99 speed and 99 arm in a RF primary position. That's insane. The fielding does not go up to 90 so he will have a gold fielding badge at best, but I think he is still gonna be worth using over any other outfielder who does have diamond fielding. His reaction and speed are gonna make up for it. Also, this card has the active quirks just like his LS card, which I value a lot.

Honorable mentions:

98 Trea Turner
If this card had gold defense, he would be my starting CF or 2B. Insane swing, insane speed, great hitting attributes. Probably the best budget card in the game.

97 Yoenis Cespedes
I used this card a bit for fun and to mix it up a little. And he surprised me, he literally hits everything hard. I bat .519 with him while slugging 1.221 in just under 80 plate appearances mostly on legend and some on HOF. His lack of defense would prevent me from using him on my God squad, but he is an offensive juggernaut.

99 Prince Fielder
If you're looking for a lefty power bat at 1B, this is your guy. He's practically free if you complete the whole TA3 program and to me he in the same tier as Vlad Jr. and Big Papi.

97 Eduardo Escobar
Many people will sleep on this card, but especially in the lower ranks like All-Star difficulty, this card will perform fantastic. A switch hitter with a great swing and more than serviceable hitting attributes who can play anywhere but CF makes him the perfect utility player on the bench.

Starting Rotation
Note: I won't go into too much detail here, it's personal preference more than anything.

  1. 99 Jacob DeGrom
  2. 99 Shohei Ohtani
  3. 97 Al Leiter
  4. 94 Edward Cabrera
  5. 96 Tom Glavine / 99 Freddy Peralta

Bullpen

  1. 96 Alex Reyes
  2. 97 Josh Hader
  3. 84 Aroldis Chapman
  4. 91 John Franco
  5. 95 Rob Dibble
  6. 97 Dennis Eckersley
  7. 99 Rich Gossage
  8. 99 Mariano Rivera

I think you and many others might be overlooking Wander. Your other lineup picks are the same as mine, except I run CAP at catcher.

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@bob_loblaw1984 said in The best possible team right now in my opinion:

@raesone_psn said in The best possible team right now in my opinion:

With all the new content that has dropped over the past few days, I felt like sharing what I believe to be the best team in DD right now. I'll mention a few pros/cons per player and also a few honorable mentions down below.

Small disclaimer before someone checks out my record to decide whether how much weight they wanna attribute to my opinion (weird phenomenon, but that's how people roll and I get it): my record is 0-0 so save yourself some time. I'm solely dedicated to BR until I move to the US later this year, where I'll once again pick up my RS game. I do play friendlies on legend almost daily, so I know how the game plays online above all-star difficulty. Most who have been around here for a while know that I'm a skilled and experienced player, so that's that.

Also, these are just my opinions. If you disagree or prefer a different player that's totally fine. I would always advise anyone to use a player you perform well with instead of a player someone else recommended.

With that out of the way, here we go:

Catcher: 98 J.T. Realmuto (not the TA3 card, but the one from the AS pack)
A lot of people will probably have Kyle Schwarber here, which is understandable based on the offensive attributes. Schwarber has the better bat. The Catcher Pop Time quirk is a game changer to me though, because you will shut down any run or speed cheese game with Realmuto behind the dish. His offensive attributes are also very balanced and his swing is fantastic. To me he is the most balanced catcher in the game right now.

First Base: 99 Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
I was a little on the fence when this card dropped because I struggled a bit with his swing. When you get it down, I think this card outperforms every other first baseman in the game. He has the splits you want to have (better against righties, still elite against lefties), he has active quirks like "breaking ball hitter" and his defense goes up to gold at parallel 5. Which in insane to me. Big Papi is still a close second, but I think Vlad Jr. is the better player. You can also play him at 3B, which is nice.

Second Base: 99 Jackie Robinson
I usually strongly dislike Jackie cards in this game, mostly because of his lack of power and his swing. This Jackie has everything you want, at parallel 5 his power numbers are 85/89 which is insane for a Jackie Robinson card. His high contact and speed make him the best lead off hitter in the game and he has diamond defense meaning he'll have elite range in the field. Not much to dislike about the card.

Third Base: 99 Chipper Jones
This pick probably surprises no one. I'm always a huge fan of Chipper cards (traded in my Joe Random for Chipper in MLBTS 17) and like Jackie, this is the best version of Chipper Jones we've ever seen. Switch hitting lefty killer with some wheels, gold defense at parallel 5 AND positional flexibility (he can play shortstop) make him the best card in the game imo. I can't think of a single thing I don't like about this card, but if I had to pick something I'd say his contact against righties could've been a bit higher. But 108 at parallel 5 is obviously plenty.

Shortstop: 96 Trevor Story
I used to play my CAP here, but I picked Story out of one of my flawless packs and decided to try him out for fun. He has become one of my favorite cards to use with also one of the best swings I've seen. He plays well above his attributes and his defense is godlike, he runs down pretty much everything. At parralal 5 he has 92 speed with 99 fielding and 99 reaction, along with 97 arm strength. This is basically a power hitting Ozzie Smith or Omar Vizquel minus the switch hitting. His vision is a little low, so he will have a small PCI on HOF and Legend difficulty.

Left Field: 96 Mike Trout
I mean, it's Mike Trout. I put him in LF but you can play him anywhere, as long as he's on the field. Can't wait for a flashback Mike Trout, who will be one of my 3 endgame outfielders for sure.

Center Field: 96 Jasson Dominguez
This card is so much fun. His speed and defense practically makes this card a switch hitting Byron Buxton, but with a better swing imo. This card also plays well above his attributes, everything seems to be hit hard. The only knack I have is that he is kind of short and I caught myself chasing some fastballs above the zone because they look so good that I forget about his height. Despite that, he's the best CF in the game right now in my opinion.

Right Field: 99 Ronald Acuña Jr.
With Acuña's injury, this will probably be the best version we will see this year. And he does not disappoint. At parallel 5, this card will have 120+ power against both sides with 99 speed and 99 arm in a RF primary position. That's insane. The fielding does not go up to 90 so he will have a gold fielding badge at best, but I think he is still gonna be worth using over any other outfielder who does have diamond fielding. His reaction and speed are gonna make up for it. Also, this card has the active quirks just like his LS card, which I value a lot.

Honorable mentions:

98 Trea Turner
If this card had gold defense, he would be my starting CF or 2B. Insane swing, insane speed, great hitting attributes. Probably the best budget card in the game.

97 Yoenis Cespedes
I used this card a bit for fun and to mix it up a little. And he surprised me, he literally hits everything hard. I bat .519 with him while slugging 1.221 in just under 80 plate appearances mostly on legend and some on HOF. His lack of defense would prevent me from using him on my God squad, but he is an offensive juggernaut.

99 Prince Fielder
If you're looking for a lefty power bat at 1B, this is your guy. He's practically free if you complete the whole TA3 program and to me he in the same tier as Vlad Jr. and Big Papi.

97 Eduardo Escobar
Many people will sleep on this card, but especially in the lower ranks like All-Star difficulty, this card will perform fantastic. A switch hitter with a great swing and more than serviceable hitting attributes who can play anywhere but CF makes him the perfect utility player on the bench.

Starting Rotation
Note: I won't go into too much detail here, it's personal preference more than anything.

  1. 99 Jacob DeGrom
  2. 99 Shohei Ohtani
  3. 97 Al Leiter
  4. 94 Edward Cabrera
  5. 96 Tom Glavine / 99 Freddy Peralta

Bullpen

  1. 96 Alex Reyes
  2. 97 Josh Hader
  3. 84 Aroldis Chapman
  4. 91 John Franco
  5. 95 Rob Dibble
  6. 97 Dennis Eckersley
  7. 99 Rich Gossage
  8. 99 Mariano Rivera

I think you and many others might be overlooking Wander. Your other lineup picks are the same as mine, except I run CAP at catcher.

I used Franco and he's not a bad card at all. I just think Story is way better, but again it's personal preference.

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@raesone_psn said in The best possible team right now in my opinion:

@so-icy42_xbl said in The best possible team right now in my opinion:

Do you have to pitch out to throw guys out with Realmuto or are you gunning them on normal strike pitches?

I'm gunning them on normal pitches. Obviously you will give up a stolen base when you throw a 70mph curveball when there's a guy with 90+ speed on base, but if you slidestep and be smart about it, you will completely shut down a running game.

How do you slide step? Been wondering this since game came out

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@raesone_psn said in The best possible team right now in my opinion:

@bob_loblaw1984 said in The best possible team right now in my opinion:

@raesone_psn said in The best possible team right now in my opinion:

With all the new content that has dropped over the past few days, I felt like sharing what I believe to be the best team in DD right now. I'll mention a few pros/cons per player and also a few honorable mentions down below.

Small disclaimer before someone checks out my record to decide whether how much weight they wanna attribute to my opinion (weird phenomenon, but that's how people roll and I get it): my record is 0-0 so save yourself some time. I'm solely dedicated to BR until I move to the US later this year, where I'll once again pick up my RS game. I do play friendlies on legend almost daily, so I know how the game plays online above all-star difficulty. Most who have been around here for a while know that I'm a skilled and experienced player, so that's that.

Also, these are just my opinions. If you disagree or prefer a different player that's totally fine. I would always advise anyone to use a player you perform well with instead of a player someone else recommended.

With that out of the way, here we go:

Catcher: 98 J.T. Realmuto (not the TA3 card, but the one from the AS pack)
A lot of people will probably have Kyle Schwarber here, which is understandable based on the offensive attributes. Schwarber has the better bat. The Catcher Pop Time quirk is a game changer to me though, because you will shut down any run or speed cheese game with Realmuto behind the dish. His offensive attributes are also very balanced and his swing is fantastic. To me he is the most balanced catcher in the game right now.

First Base: 99 Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
I was a little on the fence when this card dropped because I struggled a bit with his swing. When you get it down, I think this card outperforms every other first baseman in the game. He has the splits you want to have (better against righties, still elite against lefties), he has active quirks like "breaking ball hitter" and his defense goes up to gold at parallel 5. Which in insane to me. Big Papi is still a close second, but I think Vlad Jr. is the better player. You can also play him at 3B, which is nice.

Second Base: 99 Jackie Robinson
I usually strongly dislike Jackie cards in this game, mostly because of his lack of power and his swing. This Jackie has everything you want, at parallel 5 his power numbers are 85/89 which is insane for a Jackie Robinson card. His high contact and speed make him the best lead off hitter in the game and he has diamond defense meaning he'll have elite range in the field. Not much to dislike about the card.

Third Base: 99 Chipper Jones
This pick probably surprises no one. I'm always a huge fan of Chipper cards (traded in my Joe Random for Chipper in MLBTS 17) and like Jackie, this is the best version of Chipper Jones we've ever seen. Switch hitting lefty killer with some wheels, gold defense at parallel 5 AND positional flexibility (he can play shortstop) make him the best card in the game imo. I can't think of a single thing I don't like about this card, but if I had to pick something I'd say his contact against righties could've been a bit higher. But 108 at parallel 5 is obviously plenty.

Shortstop: 96 Trevor Story
I used to play my CAP here, but I picked Story out of one of my flawless packs and decided to try him out for fun. He has become one of my favorite cards to use with also one of the best swings I've seen. He plays well above his attributes and his defense is godlike, he runs down pretty much everything. At parralal 5 he has 92 speed with 99 fielding and 99 reaction, along with 97 arm strength. This is basically a power hitting Ozzie Smith or Omar Vizquel minus the switch hitting. His vision is a little low, so he will have a small PCI on HOF and Legend difficulty.

Left Field: 96 Mike Trout
I mean, it's Mike Trout. I put him in LF but you can play him anywhere, as long as he's on the field. Can't wait for a flashback Mike Trout, who will be one of my 3 endgame outfielders for sure.

Center Field: 96 Jasson Dominguez
This card is so much fun. His speed and defense practically makes this card a switch hitting Byron Buxton, but with a better swing imo. This card also plays well above his attributes, everything seems to be hit hard. The only knack I have is that he is kind of short and I caught myself chasing some fastballs above the zone because they look so good that I forget about his height. Despite that, he's the best CF in the game right now in my opinion.

Right Field: 99 Ronald Acuña Jr.
With Acuña's injury, this will probably be the best version we will see this year. And he does not disappoint. At parallel 5, this card will have 120+ power against both sides with 99 speed and 99 arm in a RF primary position. That's insane. The fielding does not go up to 90 so he will have a gold fielding badge at best, but I think he is still gonna be worth using over any other outfielder who does have diamond fielding. His reaction and speed are gonna make up for it. Also, this card has the active quirks just like his LS card, which I value a lot.

Honorable mentions:

98 Trea Turner
If this card had gold defense, he would be my starting CF or 2B. Insane swing, insane speed, great hitting attributes. Probably the best budget card in the game.

97 Yoenis Cespedes
I used this card a bit for fun and to mix it up a little. And he surprised me, he literally hits everything hard. I bat .519 with him while slugging 1.221 in just under 80 plate appearances mostly on legend and some on HOF. His lack of defense would prevent me from using him on my God squad, but he is an offensive juggernaut.

99 Prince Fielder
If you're looking for a lefty power bat at 1B, this is your guy. He's practically free if you complete the whole TA3 program and to me he in the same tier as Vlad Jr. and Big Papi.

97 Eduardo Escobar
Many people will sleep on this card, but especially in the lower ranks like All-Star difficulty, this card will perform fantastic. A switch hitter with a great swing and more than serviceable hitting attributes who can play anywhere but CF makes him the perfect utility player on the bench.

Starting Rotation
Note: I won't go into too much detail here, it's personal preference more than anything.

  1. 99 Jacob DeGrom
  2. 99 Shohei Ohtani
  3. 97 Al Leiter
  4. 94 Edward Cabrera
  5. 96 Tom Glavine / 99 Freddy Peralta

Bullpen

  1. 96 Alex Reyes
  2. 97 Josh Hader
  3. 84 Aroldis Chapman
  4. 91 John Franco
  5. 95 Rob Dibble
  6. 97 Dennis Eckersley
  7. 99 Rich Gossage
  8. 99 Mariano Rivera

I think you and many others might be overlooking Wander. Your other lineup picks are the same as mine, except I run CAP at catcher.

I used Franco and he's not a bad card at all. I just think Story is way better, but again it's personal preference.

Personal preference for sure. I just don’t see Wander getting much love on the forums. Much better contact than Story, switch hitting, good power, speedy, diamond defense at parallel 3.

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@jahlove2214_xbl said in The best possible team right now in my opinion:

@raesone_psn said in The best possible team right now in my opinion:

@so-icy42_xbl said in The best possible team right now in my opinion:

Do you have to pitch out to throw guys out with Realmuto or are you gunning them on normal strike pitches?

I'm gunning them on normal pitches. Obviously you will give up a stolen base when you throw a 70mph curveball when there's a guy with 90+ speed on base, but if you slidestep and be smart about it, you will completely shut down a running game.

How do you slide step? Been wondering this since game came out

Hold LT before and during the pitch. Only if your pitcher is throwing from the stretch does it work.