While we here at Redleg Nation have been doing some simulations of the 2020 season with the help of Strat-O-Matic on a daily basis, the folks over at MLB.com were doing something a little bit different with their simulations. They created a team for each franchise made up of the best player seasons from each franchise. Then they used Out of the Park Baseball’s simulation to have a “playoff” between all of the franchises. The Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees All-Time rosters advanced to the championship and it went a full seven games. Before diving into how everything played out, let’s take a look at the roster for the Reds:
|C||Johnny Bench||C||Ernie Lombardi|
|1B||Joey Votto||1B||Tony Perez|
|2B||Joe Morgan||MIF||Dave Concepcion|
|3B||Pete Rose||OF||Adam Dunn|
|SS||Barry Larkin||OF||Jay Bruce|
|LF||George Foster||OF||Vada Pinson|
|SP||Tom Seaver||RP||Aroldis Chapman|
|SP||Jim Maloney||RP||Randy Myers|
|SP||Mario Soto||RP||Norm Charlton|
|SP||Jose Rijo||RP||Rob Dibble|
That’s a pretty strong roster and one that includes seven Hall of Famers, and a guy who would have been an eighth if he didn’t get kicked out of the game of baseball. It probably has a future Hall of Famer or two on it as well (Votto and perhaps Chapman depending on the next few years).
How the Reds advanced to the finals
In the first round the Cincinnati Reds needed seven games to defeat the Washington Nationals. They advanced to the “Sweet 16” to face off against the Pirates and they needed just six games to beat Pittsburgh. In the “Elite 8” of the tournament saw Cincinnati defeat the Cardinals in a seven game series. The Dodgers were the semifinal opponent and the Reds needed just six games to advance to the championship. Against the Yankees, the Reds took it to game seven, but New York put it away with ease in the final game winning 11-6. You can check out the details of the entire bracket here if you’d like to.
How the Reds players performed
Unfortunately no one at MLB or Out of the Park published the stats for the entire playoff. And they only published the box scores in an image format, so you can’t even copy and paste the box score data into excel and try to compile it yourself. Fortunately for you, I’m a big idiot and I really wanted to know how the Reds players performed. So I spent nearly 90 minutes last night looking at each box score image and inputting it into excel and compiling the stats myself. And now I’m going to share them with you. Enjoy.
Reds Dream Series Hitting Stats
Frank Robinson led the offense, cracking nine home runs and leading the team with a .941 OPS. Joey Votto was the only other hitter to top an .850 OPS, while both Barry Larkin and Pete Rose topped the .800 OPS mark. Joe Morgan, Eric Davis, and Larkin had plenty of success on the bases during the playoffs.
Jay Bruce was on the team and never appeared in a game. The same can be said for Vada Pinson. Dave Conception appeared in three games, but never recorded a plate appearance.
Reds Dream Series Pitching Stats
Jose Rijo was dominant, going 5-1 while throwing 47.0 innings with a 2.11 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. Don Gullett and Rob Dibble were dominant out of the bullpen, posting a 1.65 and 1.23 ERA respectively in their combined 31.0 innings of relief. On the opposite end of the spectrum, John Franco and Norm Charlton were crushed.