05-30-2008 11:08 PM
05-30-2008 11:19 PM
05-31-2008 08:07 AM
Generally speaking, the upswing of the pitching meter is the strength of the pitch and the down swing is the accuracy/control of the pitch. More focused, the big yellow/orange/red colors at the top end of the meter signifies how hard your pitcher is going to throw his pitch. But keep in mind, the harder you throw it, the less control you will have over it's final location and it takes a little more energy to throw all out. The light blue and white-ish/yellow colors on the downswing is your accuracy/control. You want to time the downswing as close as possible to that little inner bar for the most control. Missing it a little high or a little low have some effect on the pitch. Some say being a little early causes a higher pitch and late means a little lower pitch. I notice a difference but my RTTS pitcher is all over the place anyway at this point. Also, try your best not to have the downswing stop on the dark blue sections...wild pitches result. It could go in the dirt or 3 ft over your catcher's head or beyond the outfield wall because it went from a sharp, late-breaking curve to a hanging go-fer ball. Best advice I can say is experiment a little hitting different spots in the upswing and downswing and see what works for you as far as the outcome of the pitch and then go from there.
I could also be for the "reach" and release point, the further your pitcher reaches back the faster the pitch will be although I have noticed that some pitches I throw when I nail maximum power/reach and accuracy/release point the pitch can be lower than when I'm just short of the power/reach point, as it would be in real life, if you reach back too far you can loose speed on the pitch.