Also having the right players. If you have a 4.5* with all power no hit, of course you're getting smoked. If you went with pitcher with low stuff high arm, of coarse you're getting smoked. If you need good advice, join Tap Sports Baseball 2017 on facebook. Its a much better place to learn than this forum. My guess is you have done several things wrong just by not understanding the game completely, because lots of people before you got through the playoffs without issue.