Just got back from a forum "vacation". lol
So after so many games I am seeing a trend. Have you ever had the following:
-pitches seem faster than normal (turn on one game, way behind in another)
-fielders making errors
-unable to pitch to corners (pitch is either a ball or right down the middle)
-good/good, good/squared or perfect/perfect resulting in fewer hits while opponent gets more hits on good/okay or weak contact.
It is blatantly obvious to me that these are connection errors. As I have said before, I think really low ping or really high ping is a huge detriment in this game. Now, I don't have access to these numbers but I tend to get matched up with a ton of people with New York, Boston, Florida and Chicago names. I live in Kansas City and have google fiber. If these people are in these cities which I suspect most are, why am I getting matched up with these people? I have more than a few friends on my friends list who live in Florida. My company has offices in New York, Chicago and Boston. I know for a fact all these places have less than stellar internet. I also tend to get smoother games from my mobile hot spot. I still get the issues above just not as frequently. I know in PUBG my mobile hot spot ping usually hovers around 70 as opposed to usually sub 30.
Now, you will never convince me that SDS coded Trout, Buxton, etc to have balls hit off their head. Cruz and JD Martinez probably yes as they are horrible defensively. This is a huge reason I think the issues people are seeing are from connection issues. Therefore, as I predicted last year these issues will continue to be prevalent if there is no ping indicators and ping based matchmaking.
I have stopped caring about playing this game competitively and have been enjoying the game much more. I still see these issues in the 400-600 rs range but it gets significantly worse once I get over 800 these problems occur much more frequently. You can say the competition gets tougher but what I noticed is the main difference is these people will hit the balls right down the middle and get more hits on good/okay. They are just able to take advantage of the pitching connection issues more than the lower ranks.
In order to enjoy The Show more, I will get to 800+ then just start quitting out of games to get back down to 400. I will use different cards to do my dailies, get to see many different lineups and pitchers and I don't run into the connection issues near as much. I have run out all White So lineups and currently have an all gold lineup. Just things to make the game more enjoyable. They do still exist but not as much. It is just more enjoyable all around. Better connection and much more diversity. Throwing pitches down the middle to lineups consisting of Mantle, Sheffield, Biggio, CAP, Jackson, Sandberg, etc gets old very fast.
I am not mad or angry. I am simply pointing out an issue that has been around for several years which makes the game less enjoyable to people that see these issues quite often. There is a fix to these problems but I don't see SDS implementing them. I can usually tell with about 90% accuracy whether I am going to win or lose game in the first inning.