How to Hit Better in MLB The Show 22

Here's a breakdown on how to hit in MLB The Show 22.
Here's a breakdown on how to hit in MLB The Show 22. / Image courtesy of San Diego Studio

Wondering how to rake in MLB The Show 22? We've got you covered.

Here's a breakdown on how to hit in MLB The Show 22.

MLB The Show 22: Hitting Tips

First off, the best place to start for any beginner looking to play MLB The Show 22 is the settings menu.

Here, you'll want to set your Hitting View to Strike Zone, and your Hitting Interface to Zone.

Right away, you'll likely notice that this camera angle isn't exactly the most interesting or realistic to hit from, but it sets the foundation for hitting consistently. Think of it with how nobody in NBA 2K plays on Broadcast, favoring the 2K camera view instead.

On the Zone interface, it is the most complex type to get used to, but the reward is well worth the sacrifice. Ultimately, you'll need to get your timing, instincts and overall aim right, but the game, for the most, rewards you for your efforts.

An optional setting that you can also change is your Plate Coverage Indicator (PCI), which essentially is your crosshair for aiming your player's bat.

My go-to PCI is Diamonds for the Center, Wedge for the Inner, None for the Outer, Cyan for the Color, 60% for the Transparency and Outer for the Fadeout.

One of the best tools for this year as well is the PCI Anchor. You can set your PCI to start at a certain part of the strike zone by pushing in the left thumbstick and moving it in whatever direction. If you're having trouble catching up to high heat up and in, start the PCI there. If you wanna make sure any hanging sliders are punished, start lower.

Lastly, you'll need to take note of the three different Swing Types and how to use them.

Hitting with X/A is a Normal Swing, which is a balance of power and contact that players should when the count is pretty even.

Hitting with Square/X is a Power Swing, which shrinks the PCI a bit, but is the highest risk-to-reward shot you can take. As such, use a Power Swing right at the start of the at-bat, or when ahead in the count 2-0 or 3-0.

Lastly, hitting with Circle/B is a Contact Swing, which is best used when behind in the count, or when you especially need to advance runners, get the ball in play and not strikeout.

MLB The Show 22 was released for PlayStation 4, PS5 Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Nintendo Switch on April 5, 2022.

For more on MLB The Show 22, feel free to check out our guide on how to complete the first Mini-Seasons mystery mission.