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Time for a recap of tonight’s titanic Strat-O-Matic Dream struggle….

1990 Cincinnati Reds 2
1975 Cincinnati Reds 9
WP: Gullett (1-0)
LP: Rijo (0-1)

Player of the Game
–Johnny Bench. Bench went 3-4 with a double, a homer, an RBI, and a BB.

–Also vying for player of the game honors, obviously, was 1975 Reds starting pitcher Don Gullett. Gullett defied his manager’s “Captain Hook” tendencies by tossing a complete game, scattering 8 hits and giving up only two runs. Gullett struck out 5, as well.

–Ken Griffey had an outstanding game: 2-4 with a double and 3 RBI.

–Pete Rose went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI.

–For the 1990 Reds, only Eric Davis (2-4) and Joe Oliver (204, HR, RBI) had more than one hit.

–Miserable outing by 1990 starter Jose Rijo. Rijo, who was utterly dominant in the actual 1990 World Series, was knocked out after 1.2 innings pitched. His final line: 8 runs (5 earned) on four hits, three walks, three Ks.

–The Big Red Machine was good.

–The 1975 Reds lead this best-of-seven series, one game to zero.

–Game two starting pitchers: Danny Jackson (6-6, 3.61 ERA in 1990) vs. Jack Billingham (15-10, 4.11 ERA for the 1975 Reds).

–I guess we need a Johnny Bench sombrero, huh?

10 Responses

  1. DevilsAdvocate

    Johnny Bench’s head is too big for that sombrero, I think… 😀

  2. Mike LeVan

    Where are the video highlights of the game?

  3. Greg Dafler

    I had the 1990 Reds pulling out another underdog series win. What little odds they had just completely disappeared with Rijo losing game 1!

    If they can somehow push it to more than 4 games, how do you plan to set the 1990 team’s lineup?

  4. Chad Dotson

    If it goes past four games, I guess I’ll play Lou Piniella and make out the lineup card based on matchups.

    BTW, I’m planning to do the 1975 Reds vs. 1927 Yankees next. Any other suggestions?

  5. Chad Dotson

    Great idea. I’ll see if Strat-O-Matic has cards available for both teams in 1919. I know they have the Black Sox available, but I’m not sure about the 1919 Reds.

  6. Drew Nelson

    If you don’t mind me asking, how long did it take you to play the game out?

  7. Chad Dotson

    @Drew Nelson: It took me about thirty minutes to play out the game. Perhaps a little longer because I was stopping to type in the play by play as it happened.

  8. Chris

    I just got a StratO catalog in the mail this week.

    Has anyone ever tried the Sporting News online version? I was skeptical when they launched, and was also already playing Whatif Sports, since a friend founded that company. TSN’s game felt more like a WIS competitor than a StratO sibling.

    But they do seem to refine things as they go along. I’ve played the CD-ROM version (as Richman insists on calling it) over the last 10 years and always liked it. Gotta get the cards too, though.

  9. The Godfather

    As a younger guy, the ’90 Reds are the only Reds championship team I was alive for, but my Dad raised me idolizing guys like Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, and Pete Rose. This simulation interesting to see (even though it is just strato) how the teams would compare. I am not surprised, however, that the ’75 Reds dominated.
    Here’s an idea for other games: an All-Time best Reds Teams Tournament. Include the championship teams and other teams like the 1981 Reds, the 1970 Reds, the 1994 Reds, etc. to determine the all-time best Reds team…just a thought.