FINALLY WON SHOWDOWN - A few thoughts...

After several failed attempts at the 1st Inning Showdown, a few things I noticed and how I FINALLY beat it.

  1. Don't try to blow through it. Take your time, one or two missions at a time, relax then go back to it.
  2. Draft SLUGGERS because most missions are offense heavy and you do very little pitching. Don't waste drafts on Gold and Diamond pitchers.
  3. When completing each mission, and the game brings you directly to the next draft round, escape the draft and review the mission so you know what you need to better your chance of success.
  4. Todd Helton I always drafted but for some reason couldn't hit with him. Anyone else feel the same? More on Helton later...
  5. The missions do change for the most part every time you restart another showdown attempt and the value of how many points towards the final scoreboard change. This one I just finished I could have gone into the final showdown tied 15-15 but I failed 2...
    6.. Going into the final showdown down 11-15, not only did the Difficulty change to ALL STAR but also I had ONLY 15 outs to come up with 5 runs.
  6. Down to 10 outs, I finally started figuring Oswalt out. With men on 2nd and 3rd, my pitcher was up to bat. By this point, Todd Helton was on my bench; Donaldson was my 1st baseman by this point. Even though I had trouble hitting with Helton, he was the best bat on my bench. What happens? 1st pitch I get a 94 mph meatball down the middle and hit a NO DOUBT 3-HR BOMB!!! Hell of a time to get my first hit with Helton!!

A few singles and doubles later and a Sac Fly by Donaldson and I had FINALLY DONE IT!

Showdown was stressful I will say. I'm curious when the 1st Program is over how many stars I'll have and see if Showdown was or wasn't necessary to get to 300 minimum.

Patient at bats are key to beating showdown. I had garret Cole over 100 pitches.

Nice! I just got eliminated from the 1st Inning program. Being patient is extremely important. I now won’t expect to beat it all in one go.

Take duke. Most pitchers you face in 1st inning are righties save for an Alex wood mini showdown. Duke rakes against righties. When I beat it I think I had 7 out of 8 lefties batters.

I always took the Duke. He was fine enough for the Alex Wood missions, and could destroy everyone else

I just finished it also with 1 out left, best advice, get lucky, and don’t steal Jobu’s rum.

@HoffsDrawlar said in FINALLY WON SHOWDOWN - A few thoughts...:

I just finished it also with 1 out left, best advice, get lucky, and don’t steal Jobu’s rum.

"Hey. Bartender, Jobu needs a refill."

@Catman9186 said in FINALLY WON SHOWDOWN - A few thoughts...:

After several failed attempts at the 1st Inning Showdown, a few things I noticed and how I FINALLY beat it.

  1. Don't try to blow through it. Take your time, one or two missions at a time, relax then go back to it.
  2. Draft SLUGGERS because most missions are offense heavy and you do very little pitching. Don't waste drafts on Gold and Diamond pitchers.
  3. When completing each mission, and the game brings you directly to the next draft round, escape the draft and review the mission so you know what you need to better your chance of success.
  4. Todd Helton I always drafted but for some reason couldn't hit with him. Anyone else feel the same? More on Helton later...
  5. The missions do change for the most part every time you restart another showdown attempt and the value of how many points towards the final scoreboard change. This one I just finished I could have gone into the final showdown tied 15-15 but I failed 2...
    6.. Going into the final showdown down 11-15, not only did the Difficulty change to ALL STAR but also I had ONLY 15 outs to come up with 5 runs.
  6. Down to 10 outs, I finally started figuring Oswalt out. With men on 2nd and 3rd, my pitcher was up to bat. By this point, Todd Helton was on my bench; Donaldson was my 1st baseman by this point. Even though I had trouble hitting with Helton, he was the best bat on my bench. What happens? 1st pitch I get a 94 mph meatball down the middle and hit a NO DOUBT 3-HR BOMB!!! Hell of a time to get my first hit with Helton!!

A few singles and doubles later and a Sac Fly by Donaldson and I had FINALLY DONE IT!

Showdown was stressful I will say. I'm curious when the 1st Program is over how many stars I'll have and see if Showdown was or wasn't necessary to get to 300 minimum.

I’m not playing any of the missions that are strictly for the first inning because I know I can always get those points after the inning ends. Last year I was in a rush to finish ASAP because the cards were worth more. Now,I’m just trying to enjoy different parts of the game.

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