Kurt Suzuki’s two-run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning off Lucas Sims propelled the Washington Nationals (22-10) to their second consecutive come-from-behind win over the Cincinnati Reds (13-19) by a 4-2 score.
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 sim Reds led 2-1 heading to the bottom of the eighth. Cincinnati scored two in the top of the seventh on RBI singles by Jesse Winker and pinch-hitter Joey Votto. But the Reds bullpen coughed up the lead in the bottom of the eighth on a RBI hit by Starlin Castro.
In the bottom of the 11th, Lucas Sims walked the leadoff batter, Eric Thames, and Suzuki followed immediately with the game-winning home run.
The loss was the fourth consecutive one for the sim Reds.
With the loss, the Reds fell within one-half game of fifth-place Pittsburgh, which defeated the Miami Marlins.
Here is the sim Reds box score, as provided by Strat-O-Matic
C-Pinch Hit For Desclafani In 7th Inning
D-Pinch Hit For Farmer In 7th Inning
E-Subbed Defensively (C ) For Winker In 7th Inning
F-Pinch Hit For Vanmeter In 8th Inning
G-Pinch Hit For Strop In 8th Inning
J-Pinch Hit For Stephenson In 11th Inning
A-Subbed Defensively (1B) For Zimmerman In 5th Inning
B-Subbed Defensively (3B) For Kieboom In 5th Inning
H-Pinch Hit For Rainey In 8th Inning
I-Pinch Hit For Hudson In 9th Inning
Standings following the May 2 games:
The 2020 schedule as currently constituted has the Reds playing the final of a three-game series in the nation’s capital Sunday against the Washington Nationals. Wade Miley will pitch for the sim Reds, while lefthander Patrick Corbin 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.
Strat-O-Matic statistics through today’s games:
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.
Do you remember Victor Garcia?
Over at RedsMinorLeagues.com today, Doug Gray looked at Victor Garcia’s 1990 season as the best among all relievers from the 90’s down on the farm. He was absolutely dominant in his career….. until spring training with the big league club in 1992 when he abruptly left the team and didn’t return until the following year. He only pitched one more season in his career after that.
Who could be the Reds potential DH?
Paul Sporer took a look at who could fill in the designated hitter roles for each National League team in the 2020 season if and when we get baseball, as it seems the designated hitter is coming to the league for the season. The Fangraphs writer has three options for the Reds – Aristides Aquino, Josh VanMeter, and Phillip Ervin. He notes, like we did here at Redleg Nation yesterday, Cincinnati could be one of the top teams in the league to benefit from the DH role coming to the NL in 2020.