May 22, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick (38) after walking in a run with bases loaded during the third inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
MLB: The Show is a celebrated franchise for its realism and physics engine, making this an actually difficult attempt. Also, the umpires can be bad just like you’re pitching in real life so I won’t be able to just paint edges all day. Some pitches will be balls that should be strikes, the only difference is I won’t be able to yell from the mound at Bob Davidson as he screws me out of a 3-2 count by squeezing the inside corner.
My first game, I decided to base my opponent on the ballpark they played in. I had to face a lineup that I could easily manage while at the same time limiting gaps and potential for Texas Leaguers. I chose the Seattle Mariners.
Seattle’s offense has been a bit of an enigma this year, the Mariners find themselves seven games below .500 and scrambling to find themselves in a tough but winnable American League West.
The biggest bat I will have to worry about is Nelson Cruz, who leads the team in all Triple Crown categories and is in the midst of his best complete season since 2010. If I just wanted to get a no-hitter I could just walk the guy four times, but a no-hitter is for chumps and weaklings.
People like Nolan Ryan went for no-hitters and I hate Nolan Ryan. He wears the dumbest shirts and looks like your girlfriend’s sort of racist grandpa she warns you about before you go over for Thanksgiving for the first time. No, this is for the perfect game.
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