Getting caught stealing in MLB The Show 22 can drain an otherwise strong inning and take the momentum out of your offense. As such, it’s important to know how to cancel a steal before your Runner takes off, and how to retreat if he’s left base but can get caught in a pickle. Here’s what you need to know about The Show’s complex yet full-featured baserunning controls when it comes to attempting and recovering a stolen base.
How to steal
First, we’ll walk you through how to steal, since the undo shortcut is a kind of mirror image on your controller. We’ll use the game’s default base running controls for this guide.
To steal with all runners, press LT/L2 when the pitcher starts delivering. That’s nice and easy. When you need to steal with a specific runner, aim the Left Stick at its base and press LT/L2. Stealing is all about timing, so don’t do this until you’re ready for them to leave – that’s why we say you should wait until the jug’s delivery has started. A bit of advance also gives you a nice head start, but if you lead too far you’ll likely get picked up, so be careful how far you go off base. To divert all runners, press LB/L1. Likewise, individual runners can exit if you use the left stick plus the exit button LB/L1 again.
How to cancel a base steal
Now that you know how to steal you can change your mind as follows, which will no doubt be crucial even if you have not encountered such a problem before. Once you’ve decided to steal, you can’t exactly call the runner back, but what you can do – if the pitcher hasn’t started his delivery yet – is Request a time out by pressing the D-Pad. This will reset all base running directions like lead-offs and steals, giving you the opportunity to reconsider your strategy.
However, if it’s too late to call the time, your best bet is to hold RB/R1 (to return all baserunners) or by signaling a specific baserunner, like before using the left stick. This essentially returns your base runner to its original base in a hurry. While this will likely help you avoid getting caught in a pickle, it also means your baserunner won’t be rushing to the next base when your batter puts the ball in play — he’ll retreat if he should be advancing in those few seconds expensive. With this in mind, you should avoid swinging on a pitch if you’re using the same pitch to call back your baserunner and call off a steal.
It’s a bit of a mess no matter how you approach it, so it’s best not to decide to steal unless you’re confident you have the right situation for the right baserunner. Use the timeout option when it’s not too late, and when it is is too late, well, think of it as the game’s way of making you pay for your indecision. For more MLB The Show 22 tips, check out our guide to using Guess Pitch, as well as a walkthrough of the best shot and pitch controls.
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