I’m detecting a pattern

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So I’ve dropped my last three ranked games. Over that stretch, the only runs I have scored are solo home runs. Seven solo home runs, to be precise.

Now, I admit I am not a great hitter. My pci placement sucks. That said, all three of these games have followed the same basic pattern.

My starter gives up multiple home runs early, then settles down and shuts my opponent out through the fifth. My opponent’s starter gains momentum and is invincible regardless of my swings until my opponent pinch hits for him, at which point I start creeping back in the game, invariably coming up short.

The main conclusion I am drawing is that pitcher confidence plays too much of a factor. Give up a couple hits early and it is WAY too hard to recover. Get a few outs in a row early and it is WAY too likely to dominate.

I don’t mind losing, but I want to lose to my opponent, not the game.

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Pitcher confidence is annoying to deal with on both sides. If my pitcher suddenly loses confidence on his off-speed, it's going to crushed and hang everytime, so I have to throw fastballs, but then my opponent catches on etc.

Honestly, while I get that in real life it may be some kind of factor, but even in real life it cannot be quantified, I don't think it should be in DD

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I agree. I mean, there are ALL these attributes which are supposed to be at play already to determine a pitcher’s stuff, makeup, etc.

Why do we even need confidence to influence things more?

If I’m in a 3-0 count, I should be able to throw a strike if I want.

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I don't understand why confidence is needed. I agree it exists in real baseball, but it also already exists in us, the real players of this game, as well. If I'm feeling on a roll or in a slump, I have my own confidence that already factors in to whether I hit my marks on my input.

It seems to me that the confidence bar is just there to introduce randomness rather than replicate real life confidence.

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I think a pitcher gains way too much confidence on a ball you Perfect Perfect that barely gets caught... Or a robbed home run... I think they need to adjust the gains for sure.

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The pattern I’ve noticed is I get a hitter 0-2 and for the life of me, I can’t throw a strike. Perfect inputs on the corner are way off for balls and pitches aimed way out of the zone are magically fouled off. Batter gets back to 3-2 and then it’s a crapshoot. So hard to strike guys out anymore. The pitching this year reminds me so much of 18. Fastballs get crushed, try to pitch to contact with secondary stuff, confidence is king, contact hitters are useless, once you’re 0-2 the next few pitches are almost guaranteed balls. I liked the pitching in 19, what happened to that?

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@MarinerMatt01 said in I’m detecting a pattern:

The pattern I’ve noticed is I get a hitter 0-2 and for the life of me, I can’t throw a strike. Perfect inputs on the corner are way off for balls and pitches aimed way out of the zone are magically fouled off. Batter gets back to 3-2 and then it’s a crapshoot. So hard to strike guys out anymore. The pitching this year reminds me so much of 18. Fastballs get crushed, try to pitch to contact with secondary stuff, confidence is king, contact hitters are useless, once you’re 0-2 the next few pitches are almost guaranteed balls. I liked the pitching in 19, what happened to that?

Right after I type this, as if to prove my point, Justin Verlander gives up a quick five in the first inning to a player. This game is so hard to pitch in anymore

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Yeah, if you are actually trying to strikes and still falling behind 3-0, it’s just not fun.

Also, I had no idea how many people hold R2. I thought my controller was going. Amazing how often my timing is messed up because of that.

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@abbyspapa said in I’m detecting a pattern:

I don't understand why confidence is needed. I agree it exists in real baseball, but it also already exists in us, the real players of this game, as well. If I'm feeling on a roll or in a slump, I have my own confidence that already factors in to whether I hit my marks on my input.
It seems to me that the confidence bar is just there to introduce randomness rather than replicate real life confidence.

Post of the week! Extremely well said on both points 🙂

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@halfbutt said in I’m detecting a pattern:

Yeah, if you are actually trying to strikes and still falling behind 3-0, it’s just not fun.

Also, I had no idea how many people hold R2. I thought my controller was going. Amazing how often my timing is messed up because of that.

When they hold R2, what exactly does it do to you on your end?

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When I go to pull down my analog to start the windup, there is a delay. I’m waiting for the ball to start moving, which messes up my timing.

I posted about this on another thread and another community member replied that this “mystery” was in fact caused by my opponent holding R2.

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@MarinerMatt01 said in I’m detecting a pattern:

The pattern I’ve noticed is I get a hitter 0-2 and for the life of me, I can’t throw a strike. Perfect inputs on the corner are way off for balls and pitches aimed way out of the zone are magically fouled off. Batter gets back to 3-2 and then it’s a crapshoot. So hard to strike guys out anymore. The pitching this year reminds me so much of 18. Fastballs get crushed, try to pitch to contact with secondary stuff, confidence is king, contact hitters are useless, once you’re 0-2 the next few pitches are almost guaranteed balls. I liked the pitching in 19, what happened to that?

I get more strikeouts this year than I did last year, or that’s how I feel. If it wasn’t for the random hangers and excessive window for contact on badly timed swings, or swings where the PCI is a country mile away from the ball, I’d probably say pitching was perfect. As it stands, it’s terrible. Pitch speeds and differentials are good, which leads to more strikeouts. You have to sit fastball to hit a fastball, even on all star. It’s just the rest of the problems that negate the effectiveness of pitching.

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The big problem for me is the confidence dips too much too quickly. I’ll throw 5 shutout innings, give up a seeing eye single, a double, and then the gates open up. Almost no way to recover unless the person I’m playing swings exceptionally badly.