Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Reds 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 0 1 6 11 0
Pirates 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 3

Trevor Bauer established himself as one of the stalwart starting pitchers in the Strat-O-Matic 2020 MLB season simulation by recording his eighth win in leading the Cincinnati Reds (31-30) to a 6-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates (25-35) at PNC 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!


Bauer scattered seven hits and two walks over his six innings of work, while striking out nine Pirates batters. The only damage against Bauer and the entire sim Reds staff was a third-inning solo homer by Josh Bell. Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers leads the sim league in wins with nine, but Bauer is right on his heels with eight, along with Gerrit Cole of the Yankees and Yonny Chirinos of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Other Bauer stats: He is second in sacrifice bunts (six); has allowed the third-most stolen bases while on the mound (11); and is tied for fourth with Max Scherzer in fewest home runs allowed per nine innings (0.51).

Mike Moustakas showed signs of perhaps starting to deliver offensively the way Reds fans hope he will when and if real-life play begins. He hit a home run (his 10th) and a triple and drove in three runs today after a home run and three RBI in Monday’s loss at Chicago. Eugenio Suarez continued his consistent offensive play with three hits and an RBI, and Derek Dietrich smacked his first two hits of the sim season while starting at first base in place of the injured Joey Votto.

Pirates starter and loser Joe Musgrove could have filed a grievance for non-support. His teammates kicked the ball around the ballyard, and all of the three runs scored against him were unearned.

As the sim Reds and staff filed into the visitors’ locker room at PNC Park following the victory, Dietrich began to chant, “Don! Don! Don!” in reference to Redleg Nation commenter/manager Don, who earned his first victory in the role. The other sim Reds joined in the chant and gave him high-fives and pats on the back — no doubt hoping to ingratiate themselves due to the fact that Don will have control over Wednesday’s sim Reds lineup because his team was victorious today.

More good news for the sim Reds is that perhaps their most consistent offensive player, Shogo Akiyama, returns from the injured list for Wednesday’s game at Pittsburgh.

Here is the sim Reds box score, as provided by Strat-O-Matic:

B-Pinch Hit For Reed In 8th Inning

A-Pinch Hit For Musgrove In 6th Inning
C-Pinch Hit For Feliz In 9th Inning

Standings following the June 2 games:

Division-leading St. Louis remained red-hot, defeating Toronto for the second straight day. They opened a three-game lead on the Cubs, who fell to the Baltimore Orioles. The Brewers lost to the Washington Nationals, and as a result, fell into a tie with the Reds for third place at 31-30.

NL Central WON LOST PCT GB
Cardinals 36 26 .581 0.0
Cubs 33 29 .541 3.0
Brewers 31 30 .508 4.5
Reds 31 30 .508 4.5
Pirates 25 35 .424 10.0

The 2020 schedule as currently constituted has the Reds and Pirates finishing the brief two-game series at PNC Park Wednesday. Anthony DeSclafani will pitch for the sim Reds, while right-hander Mitch Keller pitches for the Bucs.

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.

A conversations: Retired African American MLB players on race, baseball, America

Former Major Leaguers Doug Glanville, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Dontrelle Willis, Torii Hunter, and LaTroy Hawkins sat down, with limited interaction from Ken Rosenthal for about 90 minutes of conversation via zoom, that has been mostly transcribed. It’s free to read.

Here’s the description, from Rosenthal, about what transpired.

The Zoom call took place Sunday night. I gave Doug (Glanville, who was asked to serve as moderator) a list of topics I thought we might cover, most of which were rather obvious. He had areas he wanted to address as well. The conversation lasted 90 minutes. It was raw, honest, intense. And from my perspective, heartbreaking. I know these guys; I’ve talked to them all over the years. And listening to them speak about their own experiences, I heard pain that I had rarely, if ever, heard from them before.

This is the only news and notes piece I (Doug Gray) am adding today. Nothing else. Click the link. Read it. Send it to every single person you know.

How are the simReds performing?

The Hitters

The Pitchers

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.

All players’ batting stats

All players’ pitching stats

Batting and pitching player stats by team

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:

Commenter/
“Manager”
WON LOST PCT
Jon Davis 6 1 .857
Peter Onte 2 1 .667
BK 7 4 .636
James Owens 3 2 .600
Gonzo Reds 3 3 .500
Redsfan4life 3 3 .500
Doug Gray 1 1 .500
RedsEuphoria 1 1 .500
Tomn 1 1 .500
Don 1 3 .250
Melvin 1 3 .250
AirborneJayJay 0 1 .000
Jeff 0 1 .000
Mark Moore 0 1 .000
Tom Mitsoff 0 1 .000
VaRedsFan 0 1 .000

About Strat-O-Matic

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.

24 Responses

  1. Gonzo Reds

    Yeah for Don! Now for the sweep of the hapless Pirates and you get to use Aki again so that’s a bonus.

    Tom we gotta get you a win in the coming weeks as well…

  2. Don

    Glad to get 1st win and have the team back to over 500.

    Everyone helped to pull the Monkey off my back for the Win. YEA!!!!!

    Reed and Lorenzen both pitched a 3 batter 3 out inning, miracles do occur.
    Sims gave up lead off walk then retired the next 3 to close it out.
    Stellar pitching performance by the Sim Reds.

    Going for the 2 game sweep for a split on the 6 game road trip.

    Last time the Sim Reds beat Keller 5-3 with 5 runs in the 5th inning, 3rd time through the lineup

    Ervin and Suarez were the only RHB in the starting lineup but Castellanos had the big HR in the 5th after subbing for Votto whom Keller HBP in the 1st.

    Going to put Akiyama right in the lineup.
    Pitching splits say go with the lefty when there is a choice.

    Looking for some advice/input from fellow SIM managers/coaches.

    Here is my reasoning for positions which I think there could be a choice.
    1) LF Winker or Ervin (both 0-1 with Walk in Sim game vs Keller), Real play, Winker was 2-3 in 2019, Ervin DNP
    Very hard to sit SIM Ervin but splits say use Winker, leaning to using Gonzo Reds playbook of having Ervin for a PH later

    2) 1B Dietrich (2-4 today) or Castellanos (1-2 (HR) Sim game vs Keller), Dietrich 0-4, Castellanos 3-8 (2B,HR) in 2019
    Is playing Castellanos out of position on defense smart???
    Castellanos as he seems to have Keller’s number even though Right vs Right
    3) C Barnhart or Casali (Barnhart was 0-2 Sim game vs Keller), both 1-2 (2B for both) 2019
    Only reason is the 0-2 in last Sim game.

    This is the lineup but looking for some input/help/advice as to if I missed something in the Stats to set the lineup.

    Akiyama RF
    Payton CF
    Winker LF
    Suarez 3B
    Mouse 2B
    Castellanos 1B
    Galvis SS
    Barnhart C
    Disco P

    • RedsEuphoria

      I think it might be good to give Casali the nod so he can get more chances at C; his batting average is .059 higher than Tucker’s, and very close to .300, while Tucker’s is below .240. Maybe using Casali more could help us go on a run?

      Other than that, I like your lineup.

    • Redsfan4life

      Don I really like that lineup lets get a streak going.

    • Melvin

      This looks like a good lineup. I don’t pretend to have all the answers by any means as I don’t think there are any clear cut answers. Just keep in mind, as I’m sure you already have, that if you keep Ervin out your keeping out a hitter who has a .338 BA and a .421 OBP for pinch hitting. Lorenzen is a smaller sample size but his numbers to remember are .387 and .457. Very good but not an easy problem to say the least. Really you just have to go with your gut feeling. Stats are good and helpful but they are there to help us make decisions not to make decisions for us. Otherwise a computer would make out the lineups in the sim world and real baseball. As far as defense, don’t get me wrong. I’m a firm believer in defense being very important but there may be times we have to sacrifice something in order to get more. That’s not an easy decision either.

    • Sliotar

      Don! Congrats!

      Very well deserved.

    • Jon Davis

      Good lineup Don I posted my suggested lineup below. Basically I think Lorenzen should get regular playing time for the next week or so because he is hitting near .400, but I understand if most don’t share that sentiment. Payton would be my next choice after Lorenzen. Other than that I do think Casali deserves at least equal playing time to Barnhart if not more at this time, so I would play him. The last difference was I would rather play Dietrich over Galvis but that is more of a coin toss in my mind. With Suarez at SS it did bring up an interesting conundrum between Castellanos and Dietrich who plays 1B and who plays 3B? I was thinking Castellanos at 3B given his extensive experience there, even if it has been a while, but my gut said to go the other way. So those are my thoughts look forward to any comments or thoughts.

      I am curious what everyone thinks on that last part. If you had Dietrich and Castellanos and they had to play 1B and 3B who is where?

      • Melvin

        Castellanos 3B
        Dietrich 1B

        I saw your proposed lineup and I do compliment you on your thinking things through and still willing to take a chance on thinking outside the box.

  3. Melvin

    Congratulations Don on your first win! Good game today. Bauer is definitely our best pitcher. Great to see Moustakas doing well and Dietrich get his first hits. Galvis steady as always. Barnhart not looking too good at the moment. Maybe need to give Casali more time. If Suarez keeps bringing his average up along with everything else he’s doing he could be an MVP candidate…without the errors. haha Payton, Ervin, and Winker seem to work good together at the top of the order. Good luck Don on figuring out what to do now that Akiyama is back. LOL I’m afraid that, like it or not for anyone, that the debate of who plays 1B will continue at least for a few more games maybe more. That’s okay. It’s good for us and I’m sure Tom appreciates the participation. Thanks again Tom for posting the stats. I don’t want to put more pressure on you to do more than you’re already doing for us but just want you to know that whenever you’d like to it’s appreciated. 🙂

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Melvin, I mentioned in yesterday’s thread that you can thank Doug Gray for explaining to me how to transfer the stats directly from the Strat-O-Matic website into an Excel spreadsheet for clean presentation. I couldn’t do that each day if I had to hand-type every number into a spreadsheet. Just too time-consuming. Hats off to Doug. 🙂

      • Melvin

        Yes. Hats off to Doug. You two are a team that helps all of us out. Thank you.

      • Sliotar

        Thank you, Doug! The addition of the team hitting/pitching statistics are great.

      • Jon Davis

        Yes, Thank You Mr Doug Gray.

        But also thanks to Tom you are the one doing the work.

  4. Redsfan4life

    I hope it is several games before we lose again. But after the next loss,I vote that Tom should get his chance at making out the lineup.
    Who is with me?

    • Melvin

      I’ve said he should on several occasions so yes I like that idea providing that’s something he would like to do.

      • Tom Mitsoff

        I am flattered by the thought, and I would participate. 🙂 But one of the objectives of all of this is to get as many people involved as want to be, so I would do it on a one-off basis (unless I win). 😉

        That being said, I would love for Don to go on a 30-game winning streak! Because the Wednesday game against Pittsburgh is the last game against a sub-.500 team until July 10 (Pittsburgh again). A murderer’s row schedule is upcoming.

      • Sliotar

        Nice thoughts, Tom. Very classy.

        When Don’s long winning streak ends … there are several “old school” posters (not to be confused with Old-School) …. with 0 wins.

        Hope they post lineups then.

    • Jon Davis

      Yes, definitely we need Tom to get that W. Only after Dons long winning streak.

  5. Jon Davis

    Congratulations to Don! Here is hoping for a long winning streak. Only because I have already done the work I am posting my suggested lineup, if you are interested Don.

    1. Lorenzen – CF
    2. Akiyama – LF
    3. Suarez – SS
    4. Moustakas – 2B
    5. Castellanos – 1B
    6. Winker – RF
    7. Casali – C
    8. Dietrich – 3B
    9. Desclafani – P

  6. Don

    I very much appreciate the congratulations and input. It is an overall RedLegNation effort as I learn a lot from everyone whom post and gives their viewpoint.

    So in the Ervin or Winker, in the last 4 games, Ervin is 1-10 and Winker 4-11, if I go back 12 games Ervin is 13-42(309) and Winker is 8-28 (285) so Ervin is cooling off relative to what he has done so far. The numbers say start Ervin but my gut is telling me to start Winker. So I am staying with Winker.

    For Casali or Barnhart in the last 12 games Casali (5 starts) is 6-21and Barnhart (7 starts) is 4-26. Barnhart has started the last 3 games as is 1 for 10.
    I am taking the input from RedsEuphoria and that Barnhart is cold right now it feels like to correct move to put Casali in at catcher.

    I just cannot sit Castellanos vs Keller as there seems to be something there and my gut is saying play him at 1st.

    So here is my updated lineup. I really appreciate the input from everyone.

    Akiyama RF
    Payton CF
    Winker LF
    Suarez 3B
    Mouse 2B
    Castellanos 1B
    Galvis SS
    Casali C
    Disco P

    • BK

      Nice lineup Don … great comments everyone. Thanks Tom and Doug! Go Reds!

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Ok, Don, I have it. Let’s go for two in a row before we meet those stupid Cubs again!

  7. TBD

    Thanks for the Fake baseball.
    It gives me a brief respite from reality. 🙂