Ildemaros Vargas’ 10th inning home run off Michael Lorenzen gave the Arizona Diamondbacks (14-14) a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds (12-15) 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!
Vargas started the final two games of the series at second base after an injury to perhaps the Diamondbacks’ best player, Ketel Marte, in the series opener Friday. Arizona’s win deprived the Reds of their first three-game series sweep of the season.
Through nine innings, it was a back-and-forth affair. Arizona would take a lead, and the sim Reds would respond quickly to even things up. Mike Moustakas’ solo home run in the bottom of the second inning tied the score at 1-1. In the fourth inning, Jesse Winker singled and Joey Votto homered to tie the game at 3-3. In the seventh, RBI singles by pinch-hitter Josh VanMeter and Shogo Akiyama tied the score at 5.
After Vargas’ home run, the Reds made one last tying effort in the bottom of the 10th. Aristides Aquino walked with one out, but was thrown out trying to steal second. That was a very big play, because Eugenio Suarez followed with a single that could have scored Aquino had his steal attempt been successful.
Lorenzen’s outing was his third consecutive subpar appearance and resulted in his team-leading third pitching loss of the season.
The Cubs’ hot streak continued today, as they defeated the Phillies for the second consecutive day and now have the best sim record in the major leagues at 19-9. The Cincinnati defeat dropped them six and a half games behind the leaders.
Here is the sim Reds box score, as provided by Strat-O-Matic:
A-Pinch Hit For Gallen In 7th Inning
D-Pinch Hit For Rondon In 9th Inning
B-Pinch Hit For Reed In 7th Inning
C-Pinch Ran For Castellanos In 8th Inning
E-Pinch Hit For Stephenson In 9th Inning
Standings following the April 26 games:
The 2020 schedule as currently constituted has the Reds continuing their homestand Monday by hosting the Atlanta Braves in the first of a three-game series. Wade Miley will pitch for the sim Reds, while righthander Mike Soroka will pitch 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.
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:
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.
Minor League Baseball cancels several scheduled All-Star Games
If you are a fan of Minor League Baseball, reality may have kicked you in the face about the state of the 2020 season on Friday. That’s when several leagues within Minor League Baseball officially announced the cancellation of their league All-Star games. The Triple-A All-Star game, which is the only full-season All-Star game that features two leagues facing off, was also cancelled for the 2020 season. This is just more evidence that there’s very likely not going to be any minor league baseball played this season. Unlike Major League Baseball, the minors don’t have television contracts that can keep them afloat while still playing in empty stadiums.
Fixing the Collective Bargaining Agreement
Over at Fangraphs, Dan Szymborski tossed out a few ideas that he had to fix the next collective bargaining agreement between the players and the owners. He discussed incentivizing actual attempts at winning with regards to revenue sharing, fixing service time manipulation, and paying younger players better since they tend to actually be the ones that are the most productive. The final one might be the one that could get you on board the most, but I’ll make you click this link in order to go read the piece and find out what that one is. Dan has cats to feed so you should certainly go read his work.