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You can choose between three hitting interfaces, which impact what you need to achieve during each bat.
Zone hitting: a combination of positioning and timing-based hitting. Before the ball touches the plate, you will need to move the PCI. Then you will need to time your swing so that it makes quality contact with the ball. The following statics will affect the result:
What kind of swing you take
Pitch type and statistics of the pitcher
Directional Hitting: A hitting solution that is mostly reliant on timing. You can change the ball's trajectory by using the left analog stick. If you decide to influence up, this will benefit flyballs, but if you decide to influence down, this will benefit ground balls. Choosing left or right will impact which side of the field you will hit the ball to. The direction you choose will influence the swing, there are other factors like the pitch type, timing, the pitcher, etc., that will also affect the direction of your hit.
Pure Analog Hitting: this hitting uses the right analog stick as opposed to using buttons. However, this will still mean that you will need to time your swings, and punching the analog a little to the left or right will affect the PCI. You can also produce the following:
Normal swings: push the analog up
Contact Swings: Push the analog to the left or right
Power swing: Push the analog down and up
Even though Zone hitting is generally considered the most effective in a competitive game. The most effective hitting interface will depend on your personal preference.
We suggest that you consider that in a real-life baseball game, the starters are encouraged to complete the entire game if they can. This helps alleviate stress in the bullpen and keeps the relievers fresh for the next game.
However, each game is a new game, and there is no reason to save the relief players. This includes the players that have the best Diamond Dynasty cards at every position because this will be better than using a starter who is tired.
When you begin the game, you will be asked if you would like to use Dynamic Difficulty. This means you start on the easiest settings. This will help you get comfortable with the game, but the difficulty will slowly start to increase based on how well you are doing in the game.
You are able to change the settings at any time to return to the beginner settings if the game becomes too challenging.
Players sometimes don't make the best decisions because of pride. Avoid challenging yourself to pitch to an elite first baseman who hits home runs while praying for a strikeout. Rather, walk the batter if the first base is open and the next batter is weak.
This will mean there is a runner on base, but this strategy will set up a double play, especially for sluggers who are prone to being slow.
Players making contact with the ball is the most important skill in baseball, as it will be difficult to score runs if the ball isn't in play.
You will want to ensure that you are making the correct types of shots when you are at the plate. Three primary shots:
Normal Swing: "x" and "up" This is the swing you should concentrate on as it is the most common swing. You will get a decent amount of contact as well as power, but this will depend on the players' statistics. This swing will also mean that your PCI (Plate Coverage Indicator) will be in the correct area. This allows you to make solid contact with the ball.
Contact Swing: "Circle" and "Left or Right" You will use this swing when the count is against you because it helps increase the plate coverage, but it will cost you power. This swing is most useful when you want to get the ball into play so that your teammates can advance when there are runners on bases, but no strikes left.
Power Swing: "Square" and "Down" then "Up" We suggest that you not use the power swing until you are ahead in the count because this swing is difficult to time and will also reduce your plate coverage, which will affect your players' making quality contact with the ball. The risks of this swing are very high, even though the swing can be devastating to the other team. So try and have a score of 2-0 or 3-0 against the pitcher as well as have outs remaining.
The different swings will be impacted by your batter's statistics, and better plate vision and contact statistics will affect the PCI. We suggest that you pay close attention to the size of the yellow circle to notice the differences.