MLB The Show 21 beginners guide to pitching

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MLB The Show 21 has finally arrived to both Playstation and Xbox. MLB The Show was previously a PlayStation exclusive, but the barriers have been broken with MLB The Show 21 being placed on the Xbox Game Pass service. With that said, there’s a whole swath of gamers who haven’t had the joy of playing MLB The Show franchise and are trying it out for the first time. The game has a steep learning curve, and pitching a proper curve in MLB The Show is another battle in itself. We check out some great tips on how to improve your pitching with an MLB The Show 21 beginner’s guide.

Master metered pitching mode

MLB The Show 21 brought some new pitching mechanics in with the Perfect Accuracy Region, otherwise known as “Par.” Do not use Par if you’re using this MLB The Show 21 beginners guide for pitching. Stick to the basics of using the metered pitching mode. The simple metered system easily dictates the velocity of every pitch, and determines the accuracy based on your timing of matching the yellow line’s perfect pitch delivery. Don’t make a difficult game that much harder for yourself, especially if you’re a beginner.

Find your favorite pitching motion

You can get some proper pitchers throwing with painfully unorthodox pitching motions. It’s jarring when the typical pitch timing gets mixed up when dealing with long delayed pitchers out of the stretch.

Avoid pitchers like Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, or Joey Lucchesi. Instead, try to pick a player with a safe and predictable motion in both the stretch and windup. This will make it easier to find your timing as a beginner pitcher in MLB The Show 21, and it will prepare you for some of the more advanced pitching deliveries like Clayton Kershaw later down the line.

Easy pitching motions:

  • Cole Hamels or Cole Hamels 2008
  • Shohei Ohtani
  • Michael Pineda
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu
  • Sean Newcomb
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Mix your pitches

Throwing pure gas is cool… until you get lit up. Pitching is just as much about strategy as it is about having the filthiest pitches. You can’t expect to start a game and throw only Fastballs to good results. Opposing players and even the AI will pick up on the patterns, giving themselves a better chance to crush a homer in MLB The Show 21.

Try throwing in some off-speed pitches and changing pitch locations. The heat map for batters also shows the pitchers where the weaknesses are, so try to exploit that without attacking it too frequently.

Pitch outside the strikezone

Some players are trigger happy and will swing at anything. There’s absolutely no shame in pitching outside of the strikezone if that’s the case. If you realize a player bats aggressively, try to pitch fastballs up high or inside, and throwing your breaking pitches away from them. With that said, there’s no psychological benefit to pitching inside and high since players can’t back off the plate.

Don’t only pitch with max effort

Pitching 100% will tire pitchers out quicker in MLB The Show 21, like it does in real life. As mentioned above, throwing gas is great, but you need to pick and choose your spots. Try to throw between minimal and middle effort to stretch out your starts as long as possible. You’re more likely to get outs on well placed pitches rather than reckless fireballs or crazy breaks that miss the strikezone.

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Balance your pitch repertoire

Baseball is great for finding quirks and niches, but sometimes it’s best not to reinvent the wheel. Beginner pitchers in MLB The Show 21 are better pitching off of a three-pitch repertoire of Fastball-Changeup-Breaking Pitch (Curve or Slider). Some of the most dominant pitchers operate off of three pitches, so don’t try to stretch yourself too thin with five different pitches.

Classic pitch repertoires:

  • 4Seam Fastball-Changeup-Curve
  • 2Seam Fastball-Cutter-Slider
  • Sinker-Slider-4 Seam Fastball

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Aja Jones

Writer from Toronto, Canada. Can taste the difference between Coke and Pepsi. Learned how to play drums through Rock Band. Named after a Steely Dan album.
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