MLB The Show 20: Complete Controls Guide - Hitting, Pitching, Stealing, Fielding, & Sliding


The baseball season may be suspended, but thanks to MLB The Show 20 you can get your fix of the national pastime.

There are a lot of new features in this year's game, and you can read up on them in our review!

Controls for sports games can often be complicated and lengthy, and MLB The Show 20 is no different.

While you don't have to do everything at once, there are several main features that you need to get a hang of, and perfecting the art of power hitting, base-stealing, and fielding will take some time.

Without any in-case control manual these days it can also be hard to discover and learn all the controls you need. That's where we come in.

This is the complete controls guide for MLB The Show 20.

Hitting

 
Action
PS4 Controls
 
Power Swing
 
Contact Swing
O
 
Normal Swing
X
 
Sacrifice Bunt
▲ early & hold
 
Drag Bunt
▲ late
 
Aim the Plate Coverage Indicator (PCI)
Left Stick
 
Guess Pitch Type
R2 + X, O, ■, ▲
 
Guess Location
R2 + Left Stick
 
View defensive shift & ratings
R3
 
Control the Camera
Right Stick
 
Quick Menu
D-Pad Up
 
Pitcher Attributes/Player Quirks
D-Pad Left
 
Pitching and Batting Breakdown
D-Pad Right
 
Call Timeout (Before Windup)
D-Pad Down
Cancel Current Bunt Influence
RS Up
Influence a Drag Bunt
RS Left
Influence a Push Bunt
RS Right

The controls for hitting are not complicated, but it can be difficult to get to grips with everything there is to do. This year's gameplay has a big focus on the PCI, so get used to using it!

The main one is your swing. Most of the time you'll want to go with a normal swing (X).

This still has the chance to mash a homer, but is more controlled and requires less precise timing.

A power swing is all about distance. You need to be accurate with your PCI placement and timing to make contact, but if you do, it will be a rocket.

The contact swing (O) is more about making contact with the ball. You won't blast a bomb with it, but you'll foul off a tough pitch and keep yourself alive.

READ MORE: Everything you need to know about MLB The Show 20

Bunts (▲) are rarely the sensible option since they're so hard to successfully execute, but some of the faster players have terrific bunt ability so from time to time you can lay one down and try to leg it out.

If you use the guess pitch type and guess location and get it right you can crush the ball out of the park, but get it wrong and you have almost no chance.

It's all about getting your PCI right.

Pitching

 
Action
PS4 Controls
 
Pitch Type 1
X
 
Pitch Type 2
O
 
Pitch Type 3
 
Pitch Type 4
 
Pitch Type 5
R1
 
Pitch Out
L1 + X
 
Intentional Walk
L1 + O
 
Pitch Location
Left Stick
 
Start Pitch Meter, Select Power, Set Accuracy
X, X, X
 
Request Catcher's Pitch Call
R2
 
Look At Runner
L2
 
Deceptive Move (HOLD)
L2 + O, ■, Triangle
 
Slide Step With Runners On Base
L2 + X
 
Pickoff to 1st
L2 + O
 
Pickoff to 2nd
L2 + ▲
 
Pickoff to 3rd
L2 + ■
 
Step Off Mound
L1
View Defensive Shift & Ratings
R3

The pitching controls of MLB The Show 20 are pretty simple and exactly the same as last year.

You can select a pitch with one button and use the left stick to determine the find the perfect location. The edge of the plate, particularly the corners, are the best places to aim and you should avoid the middle.

To deliver your pitch you use three taps of X.

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The first tap locks in location and begins moving the power meter. The second tap locks the power at the top of the meter. The third is the location and release of the ball. As the pitch indicator comes back down you want to stop it as close to the yellow line as possible.

If you aren't sure what type of pitch to throw then you can ask your catcher to recommend a pitch and a location with R2. In this case a spinning icon will appear over a pitch and the catchers' glove will shine through the strike zone.

Baserunning & Stealing

 
Action
PS4 Controls
 
Lead Off Individual Runner
Left Stick + L1
 
Lead Off/Advance All
L1
 
Steal Individual Runner
Left Stick + L2
 
Steal Early
L2 (Hold & Release)
 
Steal All Runners
L2
 
Stop Runner
R2
 
Return All Runners
R1
 
Return Individual Runner
Left Stick + R1
 
Point To Target A Runner
Left Stick
 
Advance/Return Individual
Left Stick + O, ■, ▲

Baserunning and stealing can be quite tricky.

In Road To The Show where you are only in control of yourself, it's a bit easier. However, in a full game experience it can be hard to time your steal attempt correctly and still take advantage of a poor pitch that hangs in the middle of the plate.

You can advance the lead off of a specific runner by pointing the left stick at them and pressing L1. If you only have one man on base and you want him to extend his lead, you can just click L1 once.

Once you find your ideal leadoff range you then need to time your get off and hit L2 while pointing the left stick at your runner.

Sliding

Action
PS4 Controls
Hold to Initiate Slides in RTTS/Player Lock
L1
Home Plate - Straight in Feet First
RS Down
Home Plate - Straight in Head First
RS Up
Home Plate - Wide Right Feet First
RS Down & Right
Home Plate - Wide Right Head First
RS Up & Right
At Bases - Straight in Feet First
RS Down
At Bases - Straight in Head First
RS Up
At Bases - Hook to the Left
RS Left
At Bases - Hook to the Right
RS Right

New to MLB The Show 20 is the ability to slide into the bag.

It may seem like a minor thing, but picking the right slide option can be the difference between an out and a victory.

Fielding

 
Action
PS4 Controls
 
Move Player
Left Stick
 
Switch To Closest Player (Without the ball)
L2
 
Throw to Cut Off Man
L1
 
Dive
R2
 
Jump
R1
 
Throw To Home
X
 
Throw To 1st
O
 
Throw to 2nd
 
Throw to 3rd
 
Jump/Dive
Right Stick

Fielding is often the trickiest part of any baseball game.

It can be difficult to get a good angle on the ball, especially in the outfield, but the important thing to remember is that you have to use the left stick to move but that it is not needed in the direction of the throw.

You throw to bases using X, O, ▲, & ■, or to the cut-off man with L1, and should hit that as soon as possible to ready your throw.

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