I’m experimenting right now on a showdown run to test the whole “take until two strikes approach”.
Now granted, my pci placement and timing are what they are so obviously this is completely subjective.
That said, I’m aggressively swinging early in the count, looking for good pitches up in the zone. What I’m seeing so far is that initially, I have been pretty successful.
I fairly easily beat 4 of the first five blue challenges and the first showdown vs Sutter. Then I beat the next two blue challenges as well.
Then I failed the next three blue challenges before the final showdown. This is where the difficulty goes from veteran to all star.
The main difference I am seeing is the cpu throws less good pitches to hit early in the count. I am being fooled by offspeed that looks like a fastball, splitters and sliders mostly. Aside from a leadoff home run by Griffey Sr, most of the balls put in play are outs.
At this point it is 8-15 and the final boss is Adonis Medina. I probably will fail it but we’ll see. I’ll keep swinging early if a pitch looks good.
My conclusion is that taking until two strikes may be helpful for hitters that have poor plate discipline (like me) but it is mostly because the cpu throws less good pitches to hit at all star and above, not because swinging early is bad. If you have good pci placement and pitch recognition, swinging early can lead to success, especially if you load up perks that support this.