@NatsChampions19 said in Runner at 2nd Pickoff:
Are we going to discuss the fact that being almost automatically picked off when taking a one step lead is not even remotely realistic? Guys take leads all the time in the real sport and are not routinely picked off. I could understand being picked off most of the time with a 2-step lead, but 1 step, especially at 2B? Yet another flawed feature that needs to be fixed.
Pickoff only usually works if the hitting team has taken an extra step AND pressed L2 to tell their player to steal. A step alone isn't usually enough to lead to a pickoff. When that is done, yes the pickoff rate might be unrealistic, although I would argue that the success rate on steals is also unrealistic if a runner has 1 extra step. And the implications of trying to counteract it via slidestep (significant increase in PCI size, chance of meatballs) is unrealistic. So in my opinion, they sort of offset. And it is why you see players pick off/step off so much if someone takes an extra step.