MLB The Show 22: Best Starting Pitchers in Diamond Dynasty

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For those who play MLB The Show’s Diamond Dynasty mode, there is no greater rush than hitting an absolute moonshot off of a petrifying starting pitcher.

Playing online in Diamond Dynasty is treacherous. You might have to deal with things out of your control such as lag, potential disconnects, in-game glitches. But, you also have to connect bat to ball, and MLB The Show replicates the extreme real-life difficulty of hitting like no other. Add in delay from online play and you have to react twice as fast.

Sinkers, cutters, and sliders have been the meta for pitching in this year’s Diamond Dynasty. Experienced hitters might be ready for the precise locations of these pitches, but players just getting used to the game can get lost in the sauce.

With pitchers from the All-Star program dominating the Diamond Dynasty universe, let’s take a look at the arms that hold their ground the best on the mound.

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Signature Series Randy Johnson (99 OVR)

Randy Johnson might be the greatest pitcher in the history of Diamond Dynasty.

“The Big Unit” is this year’s live series collection reward, and boy is he a reward. With a maxed out 125 K/9, 105 H/9, and a despicable five-pitch repertoire led by a mind-bending fastball, the five-time Cy Young winner leaves hitters in the dust.

Every time I see Johnson on the bump I squeal. He is a legend in every sense of the word in this mode.

Milestone Nolan Ryan (99 OVR)

Baseball’s all-time strikeout leader creates a ton of whiffs. Because of his low-to-the-ground release, Nolan Ryan’s 102 MPH fastball sears through in a blur. A 12-6 curveball keeps hitters off-balance, and although he has only four pitchers and no sinker, the fastball is enough to keep Ryan on your squad until the endgame.

All-Star Corbin Burnes (97 OVR)

Anyone that plays Diamond Dynasty regularly knows that Corbin Burnes is a menace. He has the spiciest sinker and a cut-throat cutter that easily gets in on the hands. Throwing the cutter inside against a lefty is a must.

This Burnes may not be a lockdown starter, but his easy release and diverse pitches make him one of the most usable arms in the mode.

Takashi Okazaki Bob Feller (97 OVR)

With their windmill-like windups, any pitcher from the early 20th-century is difficult to face. Bob Feller’s is so pronounced that it looks like he is going to tip over when he throws.

Fastballs may have no break, but they are lighting fast at 99+. “The Heater from Van Meter’s” intimidating fastball makes him a smart play at the Hall-of-Fame and Legend difficulties, but he can get picked at All-Star.

All-Star Sandy Alcantara (97 OVR)

Sandy Alcantara is having a masterful 2022 season. The Marlins ace is rightfully the overwhelming favorite for the NL Cy Young, and his expertise on the mound is replicated in Diamond Dynasty.

Alcantara has outstanding break on his circle-change and his slow wind-up can keep hitters guessing.

 


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