@Furious_Boogers said in PCI vs Buttons:
@eatyum said in PCI vs Buttons:
a good directional hitter is light years behind a good zone hitter.
This simply isn't true. A good directional hitter will be about on par with a good zone hitter. It's just relies on a different skillset, namely patience.
Zone allows you to square up anything close to the zone and have relatively good success, but requires great stick skills (I'd guess <1% of users are truly capable of this). Directional will severely punish you for swinging at bad pitches but, with pitching the way it is, it will auto-square those RNG meatballs for you. So if you can stay patient, you'll have great success hitting (along with getting a ton of walks).
I do agree that there is a ceiling to directional, though. A pitcher who can stay on the black will beat it every time, though that is increasingly rare with the increased RNG this year.
I don't necessarily disagree with your statement, but I do have some issues with how you presented it. You don't have to have "great" stick skills to be good at zone. You have to have "good" stick skills to be good at zone. You are stretching the definition a bit.
You are also using the case of the game RNG hanging a lot of pitches, which is true. But I don't think that makes Directional good = Zone good. That's not really being "good" (At least in my definition, yours could be different which is ok). That is instead relying on the game to serve things up.
That's not so much a different skillset as it is being helped by the game. I'm not arguing that it's some immorally wrong thing to do, but I think skillset is the wrong word to use.