How to pick off runners in MLB The Show 22

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Playing great defense is one of the most vital parts of MLB The Show 22. One of the ways to do this is by picking off runners.

We're going to show you how to pick off runners in MLB The Show 22 by taking a look at the controls and timing.

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Let's go over how to pick off runners and pick up easy outs in MLB The Show 22.

How to pick off runners in MLB The Show 22

Picking off runners in MLB The Show 22 isn't necessarily complicated, but it does require a bit of timing. Whether you're the pitcher or the catcher, timing is vital.

As the catcher, you'll see a prompt pop up allowing you to pick off the runner, you'll want to stop the meter in the right zone, but that won't guarantee an out.

MLB The Show 22
TIME IT RIGHT: Throw out your opponent by timing the pick-off correctly

For pitchers, you'll want to focus on the following controls on PS4/PS5:

  • Look at Runner: L2 (hold)
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  • Deceptive Pickoff: L2 (hold) + Base Button
  • Quick Pickoff: L2 + Base Button
  • Slide Step: L2 + X (after pitch selection)

For MLB The Show 22 players on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, follow these steps:

  • Look at Runner: LT (hold)
  • Deceptive Pickoff: LT (hold) + Base Button
  • Quick Pickoff: LT + Base Button
  • Slide Step: LT + A

Other MLB The Show 22 Pitching Controls

Considering that throwing out runners is a big part of the game, you should probably learn the other MLB The Show 22 pitching controls.

If you master pitching in the game, you won't have to worry about errant balls that will cause baserunners to steal bases. Being a great pitcher will also make your opponent less likely to scoot too far away from the base.

MLB The Show 22
STRIKEOUTS: Become more efficient as a pitcher to boost your defense
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We have a pitching guide for MLB The Show 22 right here, but we'll put the controls for each platform below as well.

MLB The Show 22 Pitching Controls for PS4/PS5:

  • Select Pitch (all modes): X, Circle, Triangle, Square, R1
  • Select Pitch Location (all modes): Left Analog (hold in place)
  • Pitch (Classic and Pulse): X
  • Begin Pitch (Meter): X
  • Pitch Power (Meter): X (at top of meter for best velocity)
  • Pitch Accuracy (Meter): X (at yellow line for best accuracy)
  • Pitch (Pinpoint): R (trace design)
  • Begin Pitch (Pure Analog): R↓ (hold until yellow line)
  • Release Pitch Accuracy & Velocity (Pure Analog): R↑ (toward pitch location)
  • Request Catcher’s Call: R2
  • Pitch History: R2 (hold)
  • Pitchout: L1 + X (after pitch selection)
  • Intentional Walk: L1 + Circle (after pitch selection)
  • Step Off Mound: L1
  • View Defensive Positioning: R3
  • Quick Menu: D-Pad↑
  • Pitcher/Batter Attributes/Quirks: D-Pad←
  • Pitching/Batting Breakdown: D-Pad→

MLB The Show 22 Pitching Controls for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S:

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  • Select Pitch (all modes): A, B, Y, X, RB
  • Select Pitch Location (all modes): Left Analog (hold in place)
  • Pitch (Classic and Pulse): A
  • Begin Pitch (Meter): A
  • Pitch Power (Meter): A (at top of meter for velocity)
  • Pitch Accuracy (Meter): A (at yellow line for accuracy)
  • Pitch (Pinpoint): R (trace design)
  • Begin Pitch (Pure Analog): R↓ (hold until yellow line)
  • Release Pitch Accuracy & Velocity (Pure Analog): R↑ (toward pitch location)
  • Request Catcher’s Call: RT
  • Pitch History: RT (hold)
  • Pitchout: LB + A (after pitch selection)
  • Intentional Walk: LB + B (after pitch selection)
  • Step Off Mound: LB
  • View Defensive Positioning: R3
  • Quick Menu: D-Pad↑
  • Pitcher/Batter Attributes/Quirks: D-Pad←
  • Pitching/Batting Breakdown: D-Pad→

As we continue to play through MLB The Show 22, we'll bring you more guides.