When starting out in Diamond Dynasty in MLB The Show 18 it's very important to maximize your Stub spending on high quality players that are available at low prices. Here you will find a great selection of players that you can have for less than 2,000 Stubs, many are even under 1,000. Here are the best budget starting pitchers in MLB The Show 18 Diamond Dynasty.
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MLB The Show 18 Diamond Dynasty Best Budget Starting Pitchers - Best Budget Players
Picking the right starting rotation early in the year, can set you up for long term success. If you find a group that you are effective with, you can ride them for quite a while as you continue to build up your offenses. Here are some budget starting pitchers that can help you early in your Diamond Dynasty year.
|Garrett Richards||Los Angeles Angels||79||Garrett Richards|
|Cole Hamels||Texas Rangers||78||Cole Hamels|
|Lance McCullers Jr.||Houston Astros||80||Lance McCullers Jr.|
|Robbie Ray||Baltimore Orioles||80||Robbie Ray|
|Jimmy Nelson||Milwaukee Brewers||78||Jimmy Nelson|
MLB The Show 18 Best Budget Starting Pitcher - Garrett Richards - Los Angeles Angels
One of the key things you want to look for in a pitcher is a large range of velocity throughout their pitch mix. Richards can top out in the high-90s with his 4-seam fastball, and throw a curveball in the high-70s, giving him a nice 20 mph difference. Mixing in sliders and change up with those, and his 78 H/9 Rating, should keep hitters off balance and lead to a lot of good outings.
MLB The Show 18 Best Budget Starting Pitcher - Cole Hamels - Texas Rangers
Hamels features three different fastballs, a 4-seamer, a 2-seamer, and a cutter, since they all move in different directions, they can be very effective by themselves, but when you add in a circle-change and sweeping curve, he can be unhittable. His 91 Stamina will also help him be able to go deep into games, even if you build up a high pitch count.
MLB The Show 18 Best Budget Starting Pitcher - Lance McCullers Jr. - Houston Astros
When used properly, the power sinker is one of the most effective pitches in MLB The Show 18. McCullers 4-seam fastball and sinker both come in at about the same velocity, and, when used in tandem, can lead to a lot of strikeouts where the batter swings over top of a pitch that he was expecting to be on a higher plane.
MLB The Show 18 Best Budget Starting Pitcher - Robbie Ray - Baltimore Orioles
Double R is a very intriguing pitcher. His pitches are fairly run-of-the-mill, but what really jumps out is the 26 mph difference between his 4-seam fastball. This can be extremely effective, but, if you don’t mix up your pitches well enough, it can get hammered. Use it sparingly, because the speed difference is so slow that if a hitter is looking for a fastball, and get his curve, they may have enough time to adjust and crush it.
MLB The Show 18 Best Budget Starting Pitcher - Jimmy Nelson - Milwaukee Brewers
Nelson has a great mix of pitches, with a power sinker, 4-seam fastball, slider and knuckle curve. All of those pitches are moving in different directions and should really keep batters on their toes. Also, at a 78 Overall, and coming off a good performance last year, if he can keep his numbers up in real life, he could quickly get boosted up to the Gold tier (80 to 84 Overall) and his card will increase in value.
* Some images show modified overall ratings and certain attributes with a + or - value along side of them. That are based on Inside Edge, MLB The Show’s system that looks at real life matchups on the current day, to boost or decrease certain ratings for a player.