Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Diamondbacks 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 1
Reds 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 x 3 6 0

Tucker Barnhart’s sixth-inning sacrifice fly gave his team the lead, completing a comeback from an early 2-0 deficit and leading the Cincinnati Reds (12-14) to a 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks (13-14) 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!


Arizona took the early 2-0 lead off Trevor Bauer on a two-run homer by Jake Lamb in the top of the second inning. Bauer and the bullpen shut down the D-backs offense from then on, however, allowing the sim Reds to come back.

That comeback commenced in the bottom of the third. A Shogo Akiyama home run drew the Reds within 2-1, followed by a Jesse Winker single, Eugenio Suarez double and Mike Moustakas sacrifice fly to tie it.

In the bottom of the sixth, Freddy Galvis led off with a walk, and Josh VanMeter reached on a two-base error by third baseman Eduardo Escobar which sent Galvis to third. Barnhart then scored Galvis with what turned out to be the deciding run.

Bauer went six innings to become the first sim Reds pitcher to four wins. Bullpenners Amir Garrett, Pedro Strop and Raisel Iglesias then continued what has largely been lights-out work by that trio in shutting down the visitors over the final three innings.

The Cardinals, Brewers and Pirates all lost today, allowing the Reds to gain on all three. The first-place Cubs continued their juggernaut, though, by defeating the Philadelphia Phillies.

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

A-Pinch Ran For Marte In 2nd Inning
D-Pinch Hit For Weaver In 7th Inning
F-Pinch Hit For Chafin In 9th Inning

B-Pinch Hit For Bauer In 6th Inning
C-Subbed Defensively (RF) For Vanmeter In 7th Inning
E-Subbed Defensively (LF) For Strop In 9th Inning

Standings following the April 25 games:

NL Central WON LOST PCT GB
Cubs 18 9 .667 0
Cardinals 14 13 .519 4
Reds 12 14 .462 5.5
Brewers 12 15 .444 6
Pirates 10 17 .370 8

The 2020 schedule as currently constituted has the Reds hosting Arizona again Sunday in the final game of the three-game series at Great American Ball Park. Anthony DeSclafani will pitch for Simcinnati as the Reds go for their first three-game sweep of the season, and righthander Zac Gallen toes the rubber for the visitors.

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.

RedsEuphoria will have priority for Sunday since he submitted a winning lineup for Saturday. 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
Gonzo Reds 1 0 1.000
RedsEuphoria 1 0 1.000
Peter Onte 2 1 .667
Redsfan4life 2 2 .500
BK 1 1 .500
Doug Gray 1 1 .500
James Owens 1 1 .500
Tomn 1 1 .500
Mark Moore 0 1 .000
Jeff 0 1 .000
Melvin 0 1 .000
VaRedsFan 0 1 .000
Tom Mitsoff 0 1 .000

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.

12 Responses

  1. redfan4life

    Tom, You think you should send a position player to AAA and bring up another reliever?
    I know Mahle was sent out for Aquino a while back. I am seeing a lot of the same relievers in the box scores day after day. Don’t wanna burn the pen out early. If Strat does that usage into account.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      I’m not 100 percent sure on this, but I believe the only fatigue factor that Strat-O-Matic has is for pitchers once they exceed the typical number of innings they would have pitched in an average game in 2019. You’ll note that the Reds starting pitchers rarely go more than five or six innings — very similar to the Reds typical starting pitching outing in 2019. I don’t think there is anything about fatigue for pitchers who pitch in several consecutive days.

  2. JayTheRed

    Here is my lineup if we don’t get a response from the winning Manager

    Well I’ll offer a lineup as well.
    CF Akiyama
    2B Senzel
    RF Castellanos
    LF Ervin
    3B Suarez
    !B Votto
    SS Galvis
    C Casali
    P Whoever Starts that day

    See previous day game for my reasoning behind my lineup.

  3. Don

    back to back wins for Gonzo Reds and then RedsEuphoria.

    One of them can post a lineup for the sweep.

    If neither do here is mine as Gallen has a reverse splits per baseball reference where Righties had a higher BA and OBP in 2019 so not going with an all lefty lineup. Give Mouse a day off with Senzel at 2B.

    CF Shogo Akiyama
    2B Nick Senzel
    1B Joey Votto
    3B Suarez
    LF Jesse Winker
    RF Castellanos
    C Casali
    SS Freddy Galvis
    P Disco

  4. Tomn

    I’ll give it a shot to. Nice to have a 2-game win streak!

    Senzel – CF (giving Shogo a much-needed rest. Notice his avg is going down though he did homer yesterday)
    Votto – 1B
    Winker – LF
    Suarez – 3B
    Moustakas – 2B (will surely start hitting soon. His stats say so.)
    Castellanos – RF
    Galvis – SS
    Barnhart – C
    P

  5. Melvin

    Two in a row is great. I don’t think we’ve won three in a row yet have we? Anyway here’s a lineup vs. the righty just in case. Votto is still near the top because he is still in the top three in OBP even in simulation. Only six hits today. Wow. Strat-O-Matic has to start giving our hitters a break sooner or later right?

    Akiyama CF
    Votto 1B
    Winker LF
    Moustakas 2B
    Suarez 3B
    Castellanos RF
    Galvis SS
    Barnhart C
    DeSciafani P

  6. RedsEuphoria

    I enjoy being analytical, so let’s use that to our advantage.

    Tomorrow’s lineup

    vs. RHP Zac Gallen
    strengths: strikeouts
    weaknesses: walks, hard hits (a little below MLB average at allowing them)
    pitch tendencies: four seamer (47.6%), curve (18.9%), changeup (15.9%), and cutter (15.4%)

    Based off this information, here is the lineup for tomorrow.
    CF Shogo Akiyama
    LF Jesse Winker (top of the lineup low in strikeout %, but great OBP vs. RHP)
    1B Joey Votto (high walk tendency, and good OBP vs. RHP, so let’s put him towards the top)
    RF Nicholas Castellanos (.348 BA against 4-seam FB in 2019–Gallen’s primary pitch– which is far superior to both Suarez/Moustakas)
    3B Eugenio Suarez (high strikeout rate, so I’m moving him down)
    2B Mike Moustakas (low strikeout rate cleanup hitter)
    C Tucker Barnhart
    SS Freddy Galvis
    P

    • RedsEuphoria

      Oops, noticed I posted with Moustakas saying “cleanup hitter”. To clarify if anyone’s confused, he was originally the cleanup hitter until I did some reshuffling and forgot to delete that.

    • AirborneJayJay

      Get r done!! Make 2 into 3 wins.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Got it, RedsEuphoria! We’re hoping you can finish up the three-game sweep!

  7. Scott

    Akiyama CF
    Winker LF
    Castellanos RF
    Moustakas 2B
    Suarez 3B
    Votto 1B
    Galvis SS
    Barnhart C
    DeSciafani P