MLB The Show 21 challenges players to try out one of the game's many pitching styles.
While it can be difficult to decide where to start, our pitching guide will provide tips and help beginners or advanced players improve on the mound in MLB The Show 21.
Latest - Game Update 5 makes pitching fixes
MLB The Show 21 has yet another major title update, and Game Update 5 included some focus on overall gameplay issues.
Among the many issues, bugs that could freeze or crash the game during a pitchout or a missed pitch in the dirt were both fixed.
Pitching Tips for Beginners
If you're new to pitching in baseball simulation games, there are some things to keep in mind that will apply regardless of which pitching interface you're using.
In general, you don't want to use the same pitches over and over again. Choosing different speeds, pitch types, and locations will all help trip up opposing batters.
Keep in mind that you can walk a batter, which is especially useful if you're in a close game with a player already on base and a dangerous batter is up.
Also make sure to keep an eye on your pitcher's confidence and energy throughout the game, and warm up a replacement from the bullpen when you spot them starting to get low.
Pitching Controls in MLB The Show 21
While some pitching controls can vary between interfaces, the following miscellaneous pitching controls stay the same regardless of interface.
Of these, the most useful are being able to use a deceptive move or choosing to pickoff a runner that's trying to steal a base.
It's good to frequently use L2 to check on runners on base in case they are thinking about stealing.
Positioning the ball in the zone will always be done with the left stick prior to beginning the pitch, and you'll always use Circle, Square, X, Triangle, and R1 to choose your pitch type.
The newest interface for pitching in MLB The Show 21 is called Pinpoint Pitching, and it's easily the most challenging one in the game this year.
However, that challenge comes with huge reward if you're able to practice and master Pinpoint Pitching.
Pinpoint utilizes a combination of gesture and timing, but if either of those two things are off your pitch can go wildly out of the zone.
Watch the example gesture a few times if you need to, and try to follow the exact motion and speed closely, using the two shrinking blue circles as a guide for the timing of the final downward flick.
Without accuracy and practice, it's not uncommon to end up walking multiple batters because so many pitches go wide and are called as a ball.
If Pinpoint Pitching seems incredibly overwhelming, you can instead go with Classic, which is the simplest and easiest to use interface in MLB The Show 21.
There's no detailed or intricate timing to the Classic Interface, and the ball will go relatively where you tell it to each time.
However, as a less precise method, it will be easier for batters to hit pitches thrown in Classic when compared to well-executed pitches in other interfaces.
If you want to step up from Classic without getting too difficult, the Meter Interface is one of the most-used in MLB The Show through the years.
It's basically what it sounds like, as you'll make an initial press to start the Meter and stop the bar as close to the top as you can to maximize power.
When the bar comes back down, there will be a sweet spot to stop it at which will control how accurately thrown the pitch ends up being.
Meter is a great stepping stone towards more difficult pitching styles, or you can stick to Meter for the long-haul if it's what you prefer.
If you want a different kind of timing challenge without things getting too complicated, Pulse Pitching might be the right fit.
Pulse Pitching will begin in the same way other interfaces do, but this time you'll be challenged to nail a single button press for timing.
Power won't come into play based on your input, but you need to press X at the smallest possible point to get perfect accuracy.
Fortunately, you can see her the immediate feedback given by the game about how well-timed your Pulse input was so you can adjust for the next pitch.
The fifth and final option for pitching in MLB The Show 21 is the Pure Analog Interface, which is probably the least used of the five.
While not a favorite, Pure Analog can also provide a manageable challenge when compared to Pinpoint Pitching.
If you're not yet sure which pitching style you prefer, give Pure Analog a try, and you'll need to use the right stick entirely to get the timing down.
Like most of these interfaces, it'll take some time to really nail the nuances and start executing pitches like you want to.
Fortunately, the new and improved Practice Mode is exactly what you need to perfect your pitching in MLB The Show 21.
How to use Practice Mode for Pitching
If you want to try out the various pitching interfaces or perfect your skills with a specific one, the best way to do that is in Practice Mode while you nail down the controls.
When on the Main Menu, move down until you reach Custom Practice, and selecting it will prompt you to choose a team to practice with and one to practice against.
Once in, you can choose exactly which pitcher you want to practice with and which batter to put yourself against, even deciding whether you want to show the batter at all during practice.
Once you're in Practice mode, you can safely test out things until you're comfortable without it affecting any ongoing games or challenges.