MLB 13: The Show League

    A Guide to Hitting


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    Join date : 2013-05-04

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    Post by BEasy17 on Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:11 pm

    A lot of people here seem to have trouble hitting. There are obviously many reasons for this...#1 it is difficult to hit a baseball. Bad games are just something you cannot avoid. Getting frustrated is another thing you have to battle with. Some games you will just hit rockets right at people..nothing you can do but try to hit the next pitch harder.

    Step #1:

    Getting a camera you are comfortable with

    This may take some time experimenting with cameras...but it is a crucial step. Watch 10 or so pitches in batting practice..just pay close attention to how you can read the ball out of the pitchers hand and pay attention to your plate discipline..whether or not the ball is a ball/strike and how quickly you can recognize pitches. That's what it's all about really..hitting good pitches and identifying them out of the pitchers hand as quickly as possible. Next...identify some landmarks that can help you identify balls/strikes..for example:

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    Try noticing the black wall here for example..anything above/outside that you could decide not to swing at. Once you have that figured out, you will want to start taking some swings to see how your timing is. With an offset/close view you will be able to see the ball crossing the plate much better than on the default cameras. This will help your timing after you get some games in. Do not take 3-4 swings and pronounce it as a failure..this will take a few games.

    Step #2:

    A good approach to hitting

    We all use some form of zone depending on the pitcher you are facing you may have some different approaches. If it's a soft tosser that lives low in the zone you may want to look down/away with PCI more than normal. If you're facing a flamethrower you will want to protect the inside corner..many pitchers will attempt to get the high inside FB by can't let them do that consistently or you are already beaten. Luckily that pitch is pretty difficult to nail consistently..and will result in many meatballs down the middle for you. Protecting the inside corner is very important...can't let the pitcher dominate in there if you expect to have consistent success.

    Step #3:

    Plate Discipline

    Taking pitches is ok. Do not be afraid to do so, especially with some of your weaker hitters. Getting into an opponents bullpen is important, as more often than not their 6th/7th Inning guys will be weaker than the starter they have on the mound. With two strikes do not be afraid to use the contact swing feature if you are really struggling to pick up the opposing pitcher. Frustrating a pitcher is your goal..if you take pitches they will by default..throw you more strikes. Swinging at everything is a recipe for disaster. That's why it's important to find a camera that helps you identify balls/strikes as best you can.

    Step #4:

    Deciding on contact/regular/power swings

    Very important, probably the most important thing here. If you are not utilizing the power swing at all you will not consistently hit for power. You should be using these for your heart of the order guys until two strikes more often than not...some even with two strikes. Can't be afraid of a strike out. You should know which type of swing you are using before each pitch..cannot alternate buttons mid AB that would be incredibly difficult. Depending on the pitcher you are facing's K/ may be able to use power swing the whole game. Just pay attention to how often you are squaring up the baseball. If you are squaring it up reason for you not to be utilizing power...quite simply the ball goes further. As the name implies!

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