Great American Ball Park could not contain four longballs off the bats of the Atlanta Braves (18-15), as the visitors knocked off the home-standing Cincinnati Reds (13-17) by a score of 5-1.
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 Braves did all of their damage against Sonny Gray, who heretofore had been the most consistent starter for the sim Reds. But today was not his day, as four of the Braves’ five runs came via solo homers. Cincinnati took the early 1-0 lead in the first inning on doubles by Jesse Winker and Nick Castellanos, but they had only three more hits the remaining eight innings. Atlanta pitching retired the final 13 Reds batters in a row.
The sim Reds remain winless in deciding games of three-game series. They split the six-game homestand with three wins and three losses.
Despite the loss, the Reds did not lose any ground in the standings. Pittsburgh was the only team in the NL Central to win today, as they knocked off the Cubs to take two of three from the division leaders.
Here is the sim Reds box score, as provided by Strat-O-Matic:
C-Pinch Hit For O’Day In 8th Inning
A-Pinch Hit For Gray In 5th Inning
B-Pinch Hit For Sims In 7th Inning
Standings following the April 29 games:
The 2020 schedule as currently constituted has the Reds off Thursday, then hitting the road Friday for the first of a three-game series in the nation’s capital against the Washington Nationals. Trevor Bauer will pitch for the sim Reds, while righthander Stephen Strasburg will pitch for the Nationals.
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’ performance based on statistics that their statistical experts project for each player in the 2020 season. 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.
The Cincinnati Reds 1990 World Series re-airs tonight
Fox Sports Ohio will be re-airing the 1990 World Series beginning tonight. At 7pm ET tonight, and every night over the next four at the same start time, Fox Sports Ohio will be replaying the 1990 World Series that saw the Cincinnati Reds decimate the Oakland Athletics and sweep them to bring home the last World Series victory that the team has to their name.
The 1990 World Series re-airs over the next four nights on FOX Sports Ohio! Join us as we relive the Reds' wire-to-wire title!
? Tonight, 7 p.m. ET: Game 1
? Thursday, 7 p.m. ET: Game 2
? Friday, 7 p.m. ET: Game 3
? Saturday, 7 p.m. ET: Game 4#RedsReplay | @FOXSportsCincy pic.twitter.com/0PxXJ7jKdT
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 29, 2020
Manny Ramirez wants to return
There may not be a job awaiting a 47-year-old Manny Ramirez in Major League Baseball, but he isn’t eying a return to the Majors. No, instead he is eying a return to Taiwan where he played in 2013 when he was 41. That season he played in 49 games and hit .352/.422/.555. The last time Ramirez played professionally was when he played in the Dominican Winter League in 2014, hitting .313/.409/.510 when he was 42-years-old and playing for Aguilas. I don’t want to speak for anyone else, but I want to see this happen.
Manny Ramirez told the Taiwan Times he seeks to play this year in the Taiwan League. Played there in 2013 after “retiring” in 2011. Misses being in the batters box. Turns 48 next month.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) April 29, 2020
Another tough loss need to bounce back this weekend. Not sure if constant positional changes affects the players in sim mode as much as it would in real life, but based on yesterday’s game I think these positions are possible. Suarez and Votto look like the could use a day off
1) Winker (1B)
2) Senzel (2B)
3) Akiyama (CF)
4) Castellanos (RF)
5) Moustakas (3B)
6) Ervin (LF)
7) Farmer (SS)
8) Casali (C)
Stacking our LH hitters at the top.
Btw Tom who got send down to AAA?
I would have voted Aquino for Bowman
I’m leaving that voting open on the previous game story page until tomorrow night when I send in the lineup for the Washington game.
Wow. I know it’s just 30 games but is it just me or are a lot of our main guys batting horribly? Isn’t it hard to understand how so many could have such a rough start? lol
Yes I was just looking over their stats too. The middle guys who were supposed to help us have really under performed the whole season so far. Hopefully that will change with the warmer weather.
The reasoning behind this lineup is great! I especially like that Aquino is in! Go Reds!
I like this lineup. As I’ve said before I have no problem giving our best average hitter and OBP guy in the leadoff spot. Giving him the most AB just makes sense to me. How many times in baseball do you get in a close game and work hard to get back to the top of the lineup with runners on base. Don’t want to run down Billy Hamilton but he was basically the exact opposite of this, which in my opinion did just about as much as poor pitching to keep the rebuild from getting off. I like your attitude about Aquino too. haha
Showing my age as I tell you I was in the right field seats that night. Was a great game. Time of my life that week.
BK had three endorsements, so that is the lineup we’ll use for Friday.
Also, the vote of the commenter/managers was to recall Bowman and send down Aquino, so that is the the move I will submit. In BK’s lineup, Aquino will be replaced by Castellanos.
Tom. Thanks for all of your work in trying to give us “Big Reds Fans” something to enjoy during this non playing time. When you get a chance could you list exactly who is on the 25 man roster especially the position players we have to choose from? What do you think about the DH being added on here? Do you think you could talk them in to it? LOL Also, since we added an extra pitcher because of the schedule when will it be possible to send a pitcher down and bring up a position player? Just curious about options. Thanks again.
Melvin, thank you for the kind words. I am missing sports in general and Reds baseball very specifically, like everyone else here. This is a fun way to keep our heads into Reds baseball until the real thing starts, and I’m very glad that some of the readers here are enjoying it!