Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Phillies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 5 1
Reds 1 2 1 2 0 0 1 0 X 7 10 0

Today’s Redleg Nation Sim Reds manager “BK” declared Saturday when posting his proposed lineup: “I’m going to offer an OBP heavy top of the lineup for tomorrow.”

The strategy worked out brilliantly, as the top of the Cincinnati Reds (7-8) batting order did most of the damage in a 7-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies (6-10) in the final game of a four-game series at Great American Ball Park.

That was the result today as Strat-O-Matic games of Glen Head, N.Y., continued its announced plan to simulate the entire 2020 Major League Baseball season on a day-by-day basis for as long as actual game play is on hold.


Help set the lineup, batting order for the simulated Reds:

Have you ever dreamed of your opportunity to “manage” the Reds? Now is your chance. Learn more below!


The Simcinnati Reds won their first series of the young season, taking three of the four games against Philadelphia. Through six games of the current nine-game homestand, the Reds are 4-2.

Shogo Akiyama and Joey Votto, the first and second batters in BK’s lineup, both recorded three hits (including a home run) and two runs batted in. The relentless Reds scored in each of the first four innings off Phillies starter Jake Arrieta on their way to a 7-0 lead which they did not relinquish.

Sonny Gray was his usual brilliant self on the mound, allowing only two hits and three walks in six scoreless innings. The only blight on the bullpen was the second consecutive subpar outing by Tyler Mahle in relief.

Tucker Barnhart and Freddy Galvis added two hits apiece, and Galvis had a two-run home run, his second of the season.

The Reds stand tied in the NL Central division basement with the Brewers, three and a half games behind the first-place Cubs. The Cubs also won today, their second straight over the Cardinals.

Here is the box score, as provided by Strat-O-Matic:

A-Pinch Hit For Arrieta In 5th Inning
C-Pinch Hit For Liriano In 7th Inning
E-Pinch Hit For Arano In 9th Inning

B-Pinch Hit For Gray In 6th Inning
D-Pinch Hit For Strop In 8th Inning

Standings following the April 12 games:

NL Central WON LOST PCT GB
Cubs 11 5 .688 0
Cardinals 9 7 .563 2
Pirates 9 7 .563 2
Brewers 7 8 .467 3.5
Reds 7 8 .467 3.5

The 2020 schedule as currently constituted has the Reds off Monday, and then wrapping up the homestand with a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants starting Tuesday. Tentative starters for that game are Trevor Bauer for the sim Reds and righthander Jeff Samardjia for the G-men.

Redleg Nation commenter “BK” has first priority on submitting the lineup for Tuesday since he was a winning “manager” today.

Help set the lineup, batting order for the simulated Reds:

Have you ever dreamed of your opportunity to “manage” the Reds? Now is your chance.

Strat-O-Matic has agreed to allow Redleg Nation to submit the Cincinnati Reds’ lineups for each day’s simulated game. We want all of our readers who want to participate to get involved.

Here is how it will work:

  • In each wrap up of that day’s simulated game, Redleg Nation will post the opposing starting pitcher for the next game. You will know who the pitcher is and whether he is left-handed or right-handed, and you can use that information in creating a lineup for the next game, and submitting it in the comments below. “Splits” such as performance vs. left-handers or right-handers are replicated in the Strat-O-Matic game algorithm, and therefore should be considered.
  • We will accept lineups from every reader who wants to submit one. The lineup that will be submitted to Strat-O-Matic each day will be the one that receives the most positive replies (in effect, “yes” votes) from readers other than the submitter. In case of ties:
    • First tiebreaker: Lineup submitted by the reader who has had the fewest number of opportunities as a “manager.”
    • Second tiebreaker: Lineup submitted earliest in the comment thread. (So get your lineup in “early” each day.)
  • What is “early?” Redleg Nation posts these articles daily between 5 and 6 p.m. Eastern time. Strat-O-Matic’s deadline for us to submit a lineup for the next day’s game is midnight. On most days, we’ll do this before “bedtime,” which is typically between 10:30 and 11 Eastern time.

Have fun with this! If you have any questions, please post them in the comment string below. Here are the “managerial records” of our Redleg Nation participants to date:

Commenter/
“Manager”
WON LOST PCT
BK 1 0 1.000
Peter Onte 2 1 .667
Doug Gray 1 1 .500
Tomn 1 1 .500
Mark Moore 0 1 .000
VaRedsFan 0 1 .000
Tom Mitsoff 0 1 .000

Weekly statistical roundup

Here are the season-to-date hitting and pitching statistics for the sim Reds, through games of Saturday:

About Strat-O-Matic

Strat-O-Matic has been in the sports simulation business since the 1960s. A USA Today article contained this explanation:

Strat-O-Matic and other baseball simulations use statistics from the previous season to create “cards” for each player on a roster. The team managers select the batting order and the starting pitcher. From there, a series of dice rolls and calculations determines the outcome of each at-bat.

Strat-O, as it’s known to longtime players, first gained its immense popularity as a board game. The company has since expanded to a downloadable Windows version and one that’s played online. A few years ago, it introduced Baseball Daily – a new iteration that combined the player cards from the previous season with statistics from the real season being played at the same time.

Unlike many video games, the Strat-O-Matic results are based on algorithms that account for players’ actual past performance. It’s not a game played with a joystick that relies more on the skill of the person with the video game controller in his or her hand.

The simulation software will keep comprehensive statistics for all teams for the season, so we’ll be able to track year-to-date leaders in many statistical categories. Our current plan is to provide statistical leader summaries here at Redleg Nation each Sunday. You can follow the season at Strat-O-Matic.com, where they plan to post the results from each day’s schedule at 2 p.m. Eastern time.

News/Notes from around baseball

One of the things we would have during the season in the game threads was a section comprised of news and notes for the day. While there’s a lot less going on these days in the baseball world than usual for this time of year, there still are some things that are worth highlighting. When there are, we’ll be adding them to these daily simulation threads.

Playing the season in Japan?

We’ve seen some different proposals floated out there as Major League Baseball tries to navigate various “what if” scenarios for how they could play baseball this season. All of them have included playing at spring training sites. But Tim Kurkjian has a very different, very wild option that was reportedly told to him that would see the season take place in Japan.

Jose Canseco wishes almost everyone a Happy Easter

Just going to share the tweet.

Former Red Jim Bolger passes away

Cincinnati native Jim Bolger passed away earlier this week. He was born in Cincinnati, graduated from Purcell Marian High School, and then went to Xavier University before signing with the Reds. His time with Cincinnati wasn’t much – he got a grand total of nine plate appearances between 1950 and 1954 before moving on to join the Cubs where he spent the bulk of his Major League Baseball career.

13 Responses

  1. Peter Onte

    Shogo continues to kill the sim … Good managing, BK!

  2. Chet

    Lineup reco:
    CF Akiyama
    1B Votto
    3B Suarez
    RF Castellano
    2B Moustakis
    SS Senzel
    LF Ervin
    C Casali

  3. Melvin

    Good job BK! Keep it up! I do have a question for Tom. Is it best not to insert someone in the lineup playing a position they never played last year since this is based on 2019? For example inserting Senzel at SS from time to time. Thanks.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Since Senzel did not play shortstop in the majors in 2019 (or ever, for that matter), he does not have a defensive rating for that position from Strat-O-Matic. When a player is placed at a position where he has not played and does not have a rating, he automatically receives the worst defensive rating. This does have an impact on the game results, because there are some occasions when a ball is hit to a certain position, and the defensive skills of the player at that position determine whether the ball becomes a hit, an error or an out. By putting Senzel at shortstop, almost any ball hit to shortstop where that variable is in play means the ball will be a hit or an error instead of an out. It would be a calculated risk as to whether his bat would more than offset that defensive weakness. That’s a decision managers have had to make since baseball was invented.

      • Melvin

        Thanks for the explanation and clearing that up. Yes managers have had to make decisions like that “forever” that’s for sure. It’s a hard call to make in a simulated game especially given what you just said. I’m sure I’m not the only one who would like to do that. Of course it would work the same for those (not me) who would like to move Suarez to SS having not played there for years.

      • redfan4life

        So going off of last season Senzel can be put at 2b to give Moose or Votto a day off correct?

      • Tom Mitsoff

        Good question. Baseball-Reference.com says Senzel played only 1.1 innings at second base last season. I don’t know that that would provide them enough info to give him anything other than the worst possible rating there, as well.

  4. BK

    Akiyama is killing it! Similar to yesterday, I’m offering a lineup that featuring our best OBP hitters at the top of the order. Based on 2019 splits vs. RHP, I’m sliding Barnhart up in the order and flipping Winker and Votto:

    1. Akiyama, CF
    2. Winker, LF
    3. Votto, 1B
    4. Suarez, 3B
    5. Barnhart, C
    6. Moustakas, 2B
    7. Castellanos, RF
    8. Galvis, SS
    9. Bauer, P

    Go Reds! Looking forward to Moose, Suarez and Castellanos breaking out soon!

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Got it, BK. We’re all hoping for the best. (BK’s lineup is being chosen because he is on a one-game winning streak.) 😉

  5. Tomn

    Lf Akiyama
    1b Votto
    3b suarez
    RF Winker
    Cf Senzel
    2b Moose
    SS Galvis
    C casali
    P

  6. Tomn

    Couple of comments: seems every game I wonder who I will leave out. Castellano or Winker. Hate to leave out either as I think each could explode. Akiyama is killing it and im not leaving Senzel out.

    Finally, I can’t remember seeing casali in a game so far but probably missed it. Seems weve seen nothing but RHers so far so logic goes w Barnhart but I want to give Casali a start anyway.

    Tough decisions. Gotta believe Moose will start hitting. His stats say so.

    • JayTheRed

      Yeah I noticed Farmer only has 2 at bats too for the entire week. Its odd that Mahle can be a reliever yet Senzel can’t play anywhere without a big disadvantage. Did Mahle pitch as a reliever at all last season. I sure don’t remember it.