Eugenio Suarez doubled home Jesse Winker in the top of the 12th inning to bring the Cincinnati Reds (16-19) all the way back from an early 3-0 deficit to defeat the New York Mets (15-21) by a 4-3 score at Citi Field.
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 saw the Mets jump out to a 3-0 lead after the first two innings against starter Sonny Gray. But he and six relievers held the home team scoreless the rest of the way, allowing the Reds offense to do some damage of its own.
In the top of the third, Shogo Akiyama doubled in Freddy Galvis, who had singled with two outs against Mets starter Marcus Stroman, to pull Cincinnati within two runs. Then in the fourth, Tucker Barnhart led off with a single, and one out later Joey Votto walked. Gray sacrificed the runners to second and third, and Galvis came through with a clutch two-out single to tie the game at 3-3.
The Mets threatened to end it in the bottom of the ninth, but Pedro Strop, who has been lights-out in the Reds bullpen, put down a two-on-and-one-out rally to send the game to extra innings.
Wade Miley was unexpectedly brought on in relief in the bottom of the 11th, and received credit for the win, his fourth in five decisions. Miley’s win total matches that of his commenter/manager BK, who became the first Redleg Nation commenter/manager to record four wins in that role. Because his team won, he will have the priority for which Reds lineup is sent to Strat-O-Matic for tomorrow’s game. The Reds will shoot for four wins in a row, to hopefully offset a four-game losing streak which immediately preceded the current winning streak.
Mike Moustakas was hit by a Stroman pitch in the fifth inning, and will miss Wednesday’s game due to the injury, Strat-O-Matic reported.
With the win, the Reds advanced closer to first-place Chicago (five games behind) and second-place St. Louis (two games behind the Cardinals. The NL Central is the closest sim division from top to bottom, as only seven games separate the Cubs from last-place Pittsburgh.
Here is the sim Reds box score, as provided by Strat-O-Matic
A-Pinch Ran For Moustakas In 5th Inning
D-Pinch Hit For Vanmeter In 10th Inning
E-Pinch Hit For Stephenson In 11th Inning
B-Pinch Hit For Stroman In 6th Inning
C-Pinch Hit For Betances In 8th Inning
F-Pinch Hit For Brach In 11th Inning
Standings following the May 5 games:
The 2020 schedule as currently constituted has the Reds playing the Mets in the final game of the three-game series Wednesday. Trevor Bauer will pitch for the sim Reds, while righthander Rick Porcello will pitch for the Metropolitans.
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.
Did you know Danny Tartabull was once in the Reds farm system?
It wasn’t until the last decade that I was aware that Danny Tartabull used to be a Cincinnati Reds minor leaguer. And boy was he a good one, too. In 1981, as an 18-year-old, he led the Florida State League in average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and extra-base hits by a wide margin. That season got the nod over a few seasons by Eric Davis, Gary Redus, and Kal Daniels (among a few others) for RedsMinorLeagues.com’s Season of the Decade among position players on the farm system in the 1980’s.
The incredible baseball journey of George Brunet
Mike Petriello of MLB.com has up an incredible article today about former Major League pitcher George Brunet. If you have never heard of him before, don’t feel bad – you probably aren’t alone. He has a solid MLB career from 1956-1971, pitching in 324 games and throwing 1431.2 innings with a 3.62 ERA (92 ERA+). He first pitched professionally, in the minors, in 1953. There are reports, though Baseball Reference is missing the stats for it, that he pitched in 1989 in the Mexican League as his final game as a pro. At worst, there’s proof that he did pitch in the Mexican League in 1985. It was a fun read with plenty of history to it. If you’re into that kind of thing, go check it out.