MLB The Show has had the most consistent content updates of any online major sports game mode for several years. Across all of this, some of it has drawn the ire of the playerbase for a myriad of reasons. Last year’s Future Stars’ Edward Cabrera was the most disliked card release for a number of reasons, most notably his breakaway sinker, which allowed him to consistently throw the field around the high 90s and even go into triple digits around 100mph approach.
The sinker was feared in large part because it could be easily thrown into any part of the strike zone and what an advantage it was over opposing batters. The sinker breaks down hard, making it much harder to get under the ball than a typical fastball. This year’s game made significant changes to the pitching mechanic, the biggest being making it a bigger risk to throw the sinker slightly high in the zone. Despite this design change, the Sinker is still probably the best playfield in the game.
This week Eury introduced Perez, another Marlins Future Stars pitcher with – you guessed it – a breakaway.
MJ Melendez and Eury Perez are the Future Stars cards available in the Future Ain’t Far event, which runs until June 30th. Melendez looks like a solid catcher option, but unfortunately came to Diamond Dynasty with the last big program right after a massive wave of new catchers. Melendez is probably the best defensive catcher in the game with a decent speed to boot. Unfortunately, a left-handed catcher in a left-handed pitcher metagame currently makes him a liability offensively, especially with fairly mundane batting stats.
Eury Perez was one of the better budget pitchers early in the year with his Gold Prospect card. This iteration features three-digit hits per nine with solid Ks per nine and control. His pitch mix will be one of the better ones in the game for some time, with a breakaway sinker that can hit triple digits on a regular basis. Combined with an already tough fastball and two great off-speed pitches with an 85 mph circle change and a 79 slurve, Perez will be one of the most popular cards in the game for quite some time.
Perez is a serious competitor to last year’s Future Star Edward Cabrera. Both are right-handed starting pitchers from Marlins Future Stars, and both have a breakaway. Thankfully, the Sinkers are significantly toned down compared to their 21 playstyle, so while Perez will still be a great option for your rotation, it won’t be as groundbreaking.
The Headliner Set 24 Pack includes 2001 postseason Luis Gonzales. This card depicts Gonzales landing the deciding hit of the 2001 World Series ahead of Yankees closer Mariano Rivera to win the Diamondbacks One and Only World Series. Gonzales cards are known for their reliable swing animations along with solid hitting stats. His 99 Contact vs Righty and 114 Power vs Righty make him a solid option offensively, but his usual questionable defensive skills and speed will largely bankroll him in the current meta.
If he was more left-handed like Nick Castellanos’ recent card, it might be worth cornering him. Unfortunately, with the plethora of right-handed pitching benchers, he’s unattractive to many players other than Diamondbacks fans. Postseason legend Jimmie Foxx also made his debut this week with a 95 overall Diamond. This is his signature Diamond earlier in the year with great contact and above-average power, along with his usual defensive flexibility and ability to play catchers. Its stats are more left-handed, with a max of 125 Contact vs Lefty and 85 Power vs Lefty, so it should be a meta for the foreseeable future.
Sony’s San Diego studio has had its most controversial year in terms of live series roster updates. In years past, they were known for being patient when it came to upgrades and downgrades. At the time, they cited their three-year scale for player ratings. Basically, an individual player had some leeway if they started the year with a slump or were well above their expected numbers for a few weeks. For some reason they have been much more aggressive in their rating changes this year. Mike Trout got his just-due card evaluation on his live series this week. His power against righties returned to normal at +13. Byron Buxton experienced similarly massive increases in performance against both righties and lefties. Edwin Diaz, Raisel Iglesias, Carlos Rodon, and Rafael Devers all saw their Live Series cards become Diamonds. Kevin Gausman and Juan Soto both fell from low diamond to gold.
Manga artist Takashi Okazaki designed the cover art of the game’s special edition by his compatriot Shohei Ohtani. His custom designs have been featured on his own in-game map series since launch. On Friday, the program added five new players. In the base round, players will find 93 overalls in Ivan Rodriguez, Eric Gagne, and Ozzie Smith. Both Ivan and Ozzie have their usual early season cards with great defense, poor offense that won’t see much use overall. Gagne, on the other hand, instantly becomes one of the better relief options in the game. His versatile pitch mix along with his superhuman 113 hits per nine, 122 strikeouts per nine and 116 pitching clutch will keep him meta-relevant year round.
The high tier cards added to the set are 96 Overalls Bob Feller and Alfonso Soriano. Feller has been a polarizing card in the game for a number of years, whether he’s one of the better pitchers in the game or the worst. Regardless of which side you end up on, his breakaway fastball will be consistently in the triple digits, and a 95 mph sinker to play for makes him someone to watch out for online in the coming weeks (not to mention his trio of off-speed pitches). . A primary left fielder, Soriano also becomes one of the best second base options in the game. A fast right-handed second baseman with heavy gloves and a power of 107 against lefties will be an attractive option for players of all skill levels for some time.
This week’s new Nike City Connect jersey program features the Milwaukee Brewers along with 92nd overall Freddy Peralta. Peralta’s numbers per 9 are all solid for a 92 at this point in the year, but his mediocre control and lackluster pitch mixed with two fastballs, a turn and a circle switch make him a lower meta option at best. You can at least add some clean uniforms to your Diamond Dynasty team.
The penultimate Topps Now challenges are out for this week. This week’s Topps Now cards are some of the most versatile and usable cards the program has seen so far this year. Both pitching options, starter Spencer Strider and Miles Mikolas offer solid numbers per nine, with Mikolas having the better pitch blend and control of the two, but Strider boasting the 99 mph fastball and 102K/9. Both position players are outfield players. 91 Jerar Encarnacion is an average defensive option for right field but has fairly balanced batting stats against both sides. Riley Greene looks like he could be one of the better outfield options in the game, but his 47 speed in midfield will likely get you in trouble defensively. Still, his 100-plus contact against either side with a power that can stretch into the 90s after paralleling should make him a popular budget option in the coming weeks.
In the coming days, the show will unveil new Ranked Season Rewards on June 27, touted as “Awards Series Flashback & 2nd Half Heroes Series Legend.” Finally, the Set 26 headliner will be released the day after on the 28th, before the new big program dubbed the “Sizzling Summer Program” on Thursday, June 30th, teasing some classic flashback cards from years past.
I hope it’s not Edward Cabrera.
https://www.dualshockers.com/mlb-the-show-adds-spiritual-successor-to-its-most-hated-card-of-all-time/ MLB The Show adds a spiritual successor to its most hated card of all time