From: California, USA
Something I'd like to add on whether or not a runner beats a throw is how much it depends on more than just their SPEED rating and the thrower's ARM rating. In other words, running Joe with a SPEED of 60 will not always beat out a throw from someone with an ARM of 59 or less. There are many things that one must take into consideration (because the game DOES) when determining if you're going to make a successful tag-up.
Some things to consider:
ARM of thrower
SPEED of runner
Flight distance of the ball: This is a combination of how far the ball flew before it was caught how and how the game describes the fly (shallow, deep, off the wall, etc.)
Direction runner is going: If you're on 2nd and headed for 3rd and the right fielder has the ball, you're running AWAY from him, so it's harder to get you. If you're on 1st and heading to 2nd and the center fielder has the ball, it's a tougher play because you're almost running TO him.
Plain 'ol luck: It's not always just about the numbers. Sometimes the throw is off center, sometimes the runner turns wide, etc. Variables, especially invisible ones, are impossible to account for. Anything can happen.
< Message edited by Frozen Stiffer -- 6/25/2008 6:34:12 PM >
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