Tips for Hitting high velo FB on 800+

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I realize many of you on this forum may find this post laughable, but please bear with me as it is my first year ever playing MLB the Show. I usually stick to BR, but lately I have been getting more into Ranked Seasons. Recently, I hit 800 ELO and faced DeGromm in my first game at this level.

Long story short, when I was at the plate I looked like Hellen Keller trying to hit a Randy Johnson heater. I could not catch up to his fastball in the 5 innings if I wasn’t sitting on it, and even when I was, I was still “just late.” The problem is, once I locked into the fastball, I lost all plate discipline and was swinging at breaking balls 2ft outside of the zone.

I don’t understand how someone can react that quickly to a pitch if they are not waiting for it— is there a tip for reading a FB vs a breaking ball upon release? Or do some people actually react to the flight path that quickly?

Thanks in advance for any help.

SDS

I believe you answered your question. Unless you are truly elite at the game, have an approach at the place. I typically am sitting on pitches unless I have two strikes. The speed is to fast to react.

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@johnutah312_xbl said in Tips for Hitting high velo FB on 800+:

I believe you answered your question. Unless you are truly elite at the game, have an approach at the place. I typically am sitting on pitches unless I have two strikes. The speed is to fast to react.

Not the response I wanted to hear, but probably the one I needed to hear.

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Hall of fame actually starts at 700, So you had been playing HoF quite a bit already

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@eatyum_psn said in Tips for Hitting high velo FB on 800+:

Hall of fame actually starts at 700, So you had been playing HoF quite a bit already

Yeah I was gonna say. same as 700+

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Get a 240hz monitor. It helps a lot.

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@tgiamiel2020_psn said in Tips for Hitting high velo FB on 800+:

Get a 240hz monitor. It helps a lot.

I’m on a 165 monitor now. Given that PS5 runs only 60FPS for MLB the show, not sure this is the answer.
Unless I just missed an r/woosh

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@eatyum_psn said in Tips for Hitting high velo FB on 800+:

Hall of fame actually starts at 700, So you had been playing HoF quite a bit already

Pretty sure difficulty is dynamic, so it gets progressively harder each division. In other words, HoF @ 700 means HoF+ @ 800. Don’t know why, this just seems to be the biggest pci jump IMO

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It’s HOF from 700 to 900. Eventually you will master HOF speeds and it will be easier to hit 102mph, challenging but easier, you just got to keep playing.

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@coachmixer_psn said in Tips for Hitting high velo FB on 800+:

@eatyum_psn said in Tips for Hitting high velo FB on 800+:

Hall of fame actually starts at 700, So you had been playing HoF quite a bit already

Pretty sure difficulty is dynamic, so it gets progressively harder each division. In other words, HoF @ 700 means HoF+ @ 800. Don’t know why, this just seems to be the biggest pci jump IMO

It is not dynamic difficulty, 700-899 is HOF, 800 sees no increase on pitch speed

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@tgiamiel2020_psn said in Tips for Hitting high velo FB on 800+:

Get a 240hz monitor. It helps a lot.

Dont do this. Unless you are a PC gamer playing games at super high refresh rate 1080P gaming.

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After a long while, I'm now able to hit hof fastball. I still need to anticipate it (can't react) but I went from 2-3 hits/game to 10 in the last week.

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When I start anticipating pitches I’m screwed. I try to react to everything even on Legend. I was in the same place you were tho. It really just comes down to seeing faster pitches. Whether that’s playing conquest on Legend, extra innings games on legend, and one of my favorites is downloading/editing a roster full of typical pitchers in DD, juice up their stats, then make a team full of guys you use in your lineup (I like to drop their contact to 50 to make the PCI even smaller) turn up the fastball sliders all the way up then head to practice mode on legend

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@coachmixer_psn said in Tips for Hitting high velo FB on 800+:

I realize many of you on this forum may find this post laughable, but please bear with me as it is my first year ever playing MLB the Show. I usually stick to BR, but lately I have been getting more into Ranked Seasons. Recently, I hit 800 ELO and faced DeGromm in my first game at this level.

Long story short, when I was at the plate I looked like Hellen Keller trying to hit a Randy Johnson heater. I could not catch up to his fastball in the 5 innings if I wasn’t sitting on it, and even when I was, I was still “just late.” The problem is, once I locked into the fastball, I lost all plate discipline and was swinging at breaking balls 2ft outside of the zone.

I don’t understand how someone can react that quickly to a pitch if they are not waiting for it— is there a tip for reading a FB vs a breaking ball upon release? Or do some people actually react to the flight path that quickly?

Thanks in advance for any help.

SDS or people on here won't admit it but there is a huge difference in pitch speeds due to connection issues with this game. One game you can be early on 102, very next you are late on 94. The games you are early on 102, the people that are 300-20 have these games every time. I call it magic internet (Forrest Gump voice). Seems like you need to live fairly close to one of the servers to get this slow pitch softball magic internet.

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@coachmixer_psn said in Tips for Hitting high velo FB on 800+:

@eatyum_psn said in Tips for Hitting high velo FB on 800+:

Hall of fame actually starts at 700, So you had been playing HoF quite a bit already

Pretty sure difficulty is dynamic, so it gets progressively harder each division. In other words, HoF @ 700 means HoF+ @ 800. Don’t know why, this just seems to be the biggest pci jump IMO

700-899 is HOF
900+ is legend
You play on the higher difficulty between you and your opponent. If you are 750 but your opponent is 910, the game will be on legend. If you are 750 and your opponent is 650, the game will be on HOF.

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@coachmixer_psn said in Tips for Hitting high velo FB on 800+:

I realize many of you on this forum may find this post laughable, but please bear with me as it is my first year ever playing MLB the Show. I usually stick to BR, but lately I have been getting more into Ranked Seasons. Recently, I hit 800 ELO and faced DeGromm in my first game at this level.

Long story short, when I was at the plate I looked like Hellen Keller trying to hit a Randy Johnson heater. I could not catch up to his fastball in the 5 innings if I wasn’t sitting on it, and even when I was, I was still “just late.” The problem is, once I locked into the fastball, I lost all plate discipline and was swinging at breaking balls 2ft outside of the zone.

I don’t understand how someone can react that quickly to a pitch if they are not waiting for it— is there a tip for reading a FB vs a breaking ball upon release? Or do some people actually react to the flight path that quickly?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Read patterns. When you think it’s coming trust that it is or you’ll be late. Try to not swing at anything else or you’ll flail.

SDS

Sit inside with the pci (low mid or high based on opponent tendencies) then react on away fastballs. I find the reaction delay to be enough to hit the ball the other way. Try to ID the pitch out of the hand - there are YouTube videos on this. You can still get fooled by changeups and cutters but that's what makes it a challenge!