The full extent of my addiction became recognizable when the realization hit me that I may not be able to play MLB tonight because of PSN's server and I became a bit irritated for a hot second there...
And of all nights, the one night where baseball was to be the escape from all the political garbage going down.
Seriously, what am I going to do for the next 5 hours now? I may have to read a book... holy cow.
Baseball is all about patience and how well you deal with failure. Since you're playing the role of every player on the team, there's a lot of failure to go around between pitching and hitting. You are guaranteed to make an out 27 times in a game, and you will probably be lit up for at least 4-6 runs a game on average. Accepting this is the first step. You must be able to hit off-speed pitches and the only way this happens outside of luck hits is with patience and practice. You have to start your swing later. I like to hit off the slider, in other words, I look for the slider (or mid-range speed pitch if the guy doesn't have a slider) on nearly every pitch. When it comes and it's in my hitting zone, I'm ready. When I get a fastball, I can speed up my swing, and when it's a slower offspeed, I can delay longer. If I'm in a fastball count, 2-0 or 3-1, I look for it. Players who stink can usually only hit fastballs with any consistency because they are swinging for a fastball on every pitch, so the adjustment to delay the swing is very difficult when you're starting your swing so early. Also, if you're not using a monitor with a 1 ms response time, the game is extremely difficult and virtually impossible to ever become an above-average player. Nearly every other game you can get away with much higher response time, but baseball requires precision. Not a fan of directional hitting and I cannot do PCI. I'm consistently capped around 700 in DD, I think the PCI swing is a necessity to get to WS level and I'll never be able to do it but I still play good baseball. I like pure analog using the flick of the right stick. This allows you to focus entirely on getting a good pitch to hit and your swing timing. Best way to get better is to practice hitting off-speed pitches by trying to only hit them and taking the heaters and sinkers. Watch the pitcher, not the strike zone, and try to pick up the pitch out of their hand by watching their arm action.
Who is your ace SP who you would turn to with the championship on the line? Why him?
CAP (balanced w/ diamond equipment, switch hitter) is still best option at C IMO. Any speedy team can run wild against Piazza. D'Arnaud is much better against RHP than CAP, but CAP is better against LHP, better fielder and much quicker getting around the bases (70 v 47). And the balance to the line up a switch hitter brings is worth quite a bit over another righty.
I think it will suck if they add the DH to the line up. The batting P adds so much strategy to the game that would be a shame to lose.
The beauty of the short season is it allows for luck, a lot of it, by reducing the sample size... every team in the league, even the very worst, has an outside shot because any team can beat any team on any given day, and over a typical 162 game season, we will certainly know who the best teams are, but over 60, we really won't. And that luck is exactly what the Tigers will need early on, for if they get off to a fluky hot start, they could decide they have a shot if they bring up some of the young aces (Mize, Manning, Skubal) they have been grooming and go for it. I could see them at 36-24 just as easily as I could see them at 24-36. And of course, once you're in the playoffs, it's essentially the role of an 8 sided dice, because over 7 games, it's purely the luck of the draw.
We are all def insane... anyone I know would think I was absolutely insane if they knew I played video game baseball for hours on end, the same exact screen over and over, pitch after pitch after pitch... pure repetition... it's embarrassing saying it, I use the virus as a scapegoat for my demented addiction.
Hornsby is best 2B in the game and it's not even close. He was worth 10.1 WAR in 1925, he is definitely coded to be awesome. If you are struggling with him, you are probably pressing too much. Try being more patient. I'm guessing you're going after a lot of fringe pitches trying to homer with the guy on every swing.
If they made a 1975 MVP card for him, it would be right up there with Hornsby for best 2B in the simulation... he was 11 WAR that season and played stellar defense, surely 99 baserunning as he stole 67, caught 10. Hornsby was 10.2 WAR in his 1925 MVP season.
I think Shef is barely worthy of a bench role on any top team. He certainly shouldn’t be starting, his defense is not passable at high level. With all the options available, why not get a RHB who can smoke lefties close to 125/125 with similar vision to come off the bench?
Why not Banks-Hornsby? I don't see how to justify Rollins over Banks... for what, some speed and a small uptick with the glove? Banks is legendary, Rollins is not. Hornsby is best 2B ever to play. Banks over a season is probably around 0.5 DWAR, Hornsby is probably 0.1 DWAR, they're not going to kill you defensively. Obviously, once Honus comes out, he's got short locked up.