The Road to the Show: II

Screen Shot 2020-02-17 at 19.36.45Ok welcome back to my new series, a Let’s Play with my Starting Pitcher on the MLB The Show series of games. In the first update, we largely covered who my character is for this series. In short, he’s an 18-year old left handed pitcher named Riley Emerson from Massachusetts who focuses on controlling the strike zone with his pitches – hitting his spots and being accurate. Riley played in the Amateur Showcase (how the game determines your drafting, although you always seem to go in the 20’s), playing two games. In the first he started shakily, giving up four runs in two innings – two being through fielding mistakes – before calming down in the third giving up no urther runs. In the second game, he was much more comfortable, pitching three scoreless innings. Riley was then drafted in the 24th round with the 8th pick by the Atlanta Braves, and has begun his career with their AA affiliate club, the Mississippi Braves. So far, Riley has pitched five starts for the Braves, so I’ve decided to do my first update.

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The Road to the Show: I

Screen Shot 2020-02-17 at 19.36.45So, this is going to be something a little different from me. Firstly I’m back playing MLB Road to the Show, and I’ve decided to write about it. Now I’ve done that before, with my series with my Relief Pitcher Jorge Garcia, but this time I wanted to approach writing about it in a different way. I want to write this series in a very “Let’s Play” format, where I discuss my player, how he’s playing and what’s happening in his career, whilst keeping the role play element that I have always liked about these types of game modes. It’s why I’ve grown to hate the NBA2k MyCareer series, because all the creativity has been lost. Throughout this series, we’ll analyse our player, his major decisions, how the game world impacts him, as well as looking at his stats every now and then.

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Meet Riley Emerson, our character for this series. Riley is an 18-year old left handed pitcher from Boston, Massachusetts. Riley stands at 6’1″ and weighs 175lbs and is nominally a Starting Pitcher – ie a pitcher who starts the first inning of ball games and goes usually between 5-8 innings unless things are going either really well or really badly. Riley currently throws 3 main pitches, a 2-seam fastball, a circle changeup and a slider. As time goes on, we’ll add more, but for unknown reasons, you’re forced to only start with three, even though most SP’s have more – even if they’re not very good – by age 18.

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