I am one of many having great trouble playing this game. I have it on easy with htting sliders on max and still can not get good hits I am not that bad. I have zone targeting on and have hit the ball on target with perfect timing many times only to have it grounded or caught in air. With the sliders I have set to max I should be getting home runs every time yet have not noticed a difference at all.
This is discouraging and I want to like this game enough to play through franchise and after buy the next game as well.
Try changing zone hitting to timing hitting and then go the practice on the main menu and once you get good hitting like that(it might take a while) then change it back to zone. Also you have to remember to never swing a too bad of pitches because then all you will do is swing and miss.