They had to have upped the difficulty on the NL and AL stage 2 showdowns. I went from being able to breeze through these to struggling beating the 1st mini boss. Maybe I just suck.
They do seem harder now than when they first came out.
I don't think the difficulty was upped, I think they nerfed contact and exit velocities. I played 4 rounds since the last patch. 2 3rd inning and 2 National League. I was 4-18 on perfect perfects and only had 3 of those with exit velocity above 100 MPH. Before patch it was a homerun fest on most of the missions and now I hardly homer at all.