MLB The Show 18 Patch 1.14 Available - Patch Notes Here
There are many different facets to the game, including pitching and fielding, but the most difficult of all is easily hitting. Rather than being more of an arcade-like approach that other developers have gone with where hitting is much easier, you really have to work for it in MLB The Show First of all, one of the first things you will need to do is learn what the different pitches do, whether they are more about velocity or break, which is something that any baseball fan should know pretty well already.
However, each pitcher will be a little bit different based on their stats, so it may take you a few at bats to get settled in. Also, keep an eye on the pitches they have available and how highly rated they are at the time, which very well could help you figure out what type of pitch they may be about to throw in that situation.
Secondly, learn to take great advantage of the Guess Pitch mechanic that has been around for years. Guess Pitch allows you to predict not just the type of pitch they are going to throw, but also the location. Because let's face it, it's not that fun to mash home runs on rookie. Yeah you're winning but there's no real challenge to it.
Also, I love that they added a single player mode to Diamond Dynasty. This helps with that also. Again sorry for droning on, I hope this helps. I'm not sure if this is acceptable to most people here or not, but I use the "Guess Pitch" option to help. I can't recall which type it was on, maybe classic. I guess the section of the zone and the pitch. When I get lucky enough to get it right, my batter locks on and I don't need to move the reticle, which makes it all about timing it also leads to me occasionally swinging at pitches 3 feet out of the strike zone because I know I'm locked on, but that's pretty rare.
I'll lock on about once or twice per game at the MLB level more in the minors because pitchers throw more fastballs. If the pitch is in the strike zone and I don't butcher the timing, I usually hit the ball hard. I try to guess the pitch early in the count and take it if I don't get it right. Once there are two strikes, I'll usually guess a high fastball and move the reticle down in the zone prior to the pitch. Unless they throw a high offspeed pitch I'll know that most pitches will be down in the zone, which makes it easier to make contact.
I have been playing this game series for years. I have always used directional hitting because, as I stated, I am not a hardcore player. Instead, the pitching can get brutally smart, placing the ball in some of the worst locations to hit it. Going from easy to difficult is going to save you a lot of frustration.
Getting used to the hitting on easier difficulties is going to leave you with better habits than if you start from the top down. If you allow low pitch counts deep into the game, prepare to deal with a pitcher who has full confidence and lots of stamina left. Working deep counts can also lead to some advantageous situations for a hitter. Furthermore, working a or even a count gives you the opportunity to swing for the fences without worrying about a strikeout.
This goes with the above tip, but every player has a certain pitch that he or she clobbers.