Be patient! Be disciplined! Be unpredictable! Swinging at every pitch usually does not result in success. Smart pitchers will try to get batters to swing at pitches outside the strike zone. If you do not swing at every pitch, it will force the pitcher to throw strikes, at least some of the time. It forces the pitcher to guess whether you will swing or not. Don’t swing at pitches outside the strike zone. If you do, it is much harder to make contact, or hit the bat Sweet Spot, and if you do make contact, the athlete’s Contact and Power attributes will be reduced for the hit result. The more pitches a pitcher throws, the faster the pitchers stamina will decrease and the greater the chance the user makes a timing mistake when pitching. Which is another reason not to swing at every pitch.
Go with the pitch For pitches that cross the plate on the outer half of the plate, aka outside pitches, try to swing slightly later. This will drive the ball to the opposite field. For pitches that cross the inner half of the plate, aka inside pitches, try to swing slightly earlier. This will “pull” the ball. If you swing too early on an outside pitch, you will probably miss the ball completely. If you swing too late on an inside pitch, you will hit the ball off the handle which will most likely result in a weak grounder and in turn an out.