I agree 100%. The gameplay took a HUGE step back from MLB 19. I know 19 had line-outs, but contact hitters were usable. This year, if you do not have over 80 power you are likely to be out. I played a game the other day, my opponent had 0 baserunners through 6 innings, and in the 7th, I was pitching with 99 Giolito. I had a perfect release on a circle changeup and he hung it over the plate and he hit a solo homer. I actually only had 2 runs because I was making good timing outs all game. Entering the top of the 9th, i was up 2-1, my opponent who has struck out 15 times this game, gets a bunt single, my infield was playing in and J-Ram decided that instead of charging the ball on a bunt, he will walk to it, of course once your opponent gets something cheesy it starts screwing you. I had a only thrown like 5 pitches with Fingers and he was wild. I walked the next batter. He had 99 Trout up, I brought it Crochet. Had him down to 2 strikes after two dot pitches, the game decided another Good timing released 4-seamer down the middle was the option and he it a 3 run homer, in the bottom of the 9th, I made three good-good outs. I lost 4-2. In MLB 19 I was a top 200 player with close to 1000 hours played. I'm at 560 hours this year, I just cant play that much. Its not fun to play a lot of games.
I really miss the pre-release gameplay, it was legit the best feeling mlb game i have ever played. They released a hitting patch on day one, ruined it for the year.