Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Dodgers 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 0
Reds 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 X 4 8 1

Shutdown pitching over the final eight innings against the team with the best record in the National League led the Cincinnati Reds (33-34) to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers (43-23) at Great American Ball 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!

Sim Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani allowed three hits and two runs (on Justin Turner’s two-RBI double) in the top of the first inning. But after that, he and three relievers completely locked down the powerful Dodger attack on only two hits and two walks over the final eight innings.

In the bottom of the fifth, Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson, making his sim Major League debut, led off with a single (his first sim Major League hit) and was advanced to second on a bunt by DeSclafani. Steady Freddy Galvis then put one over the wall against Dodger starter Walker Buehler to tie the score at 2-2. One inning later, Jesse Winker reached Buehler for a leadoff single, and Mike Moustakas — on a recent power surge — launched longball number 13 to put his team ahead for good.

After DeSclafani completed six innings, Pedro Strop, Amir Garrett and Raisel Iglesias held LA to only a seventh-inning single by A.J. Pollock and a ninth-inning walk to Turner the rest of the way.

Phillip Ervin was the only sim Reds batter with multiple hits, two. Shogo Akiyama’s third-inning double extended his hitting streak to 16 games.

The win was the sim Reds’ second straight after a four-game losing streak. Redleg Nation winning commenter/manager BK improved his record to 9-4.

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

B-Pinch Hit For Buehler In 7th Inning
C-Pinch Hit For Pederson In 7th Inning
E-Pinch Hit For Barnes In 9th Inning

A-Pinch Hit For Desclafani In 6th Inning
D-Pinch Hit For Winker In 8th Inning

Standings following the June 9 games:

Cardinals 39 29 .574 0.0
Cubs 37 32 .536 2.5
Brewers 34 32 .515 4.0
Reds 33 34 .493 5.5
Pirates 28 38 .424 10.0

The 2020 schedule as currently constituted has the Reds playing game two of the three game series at Great American Ball Park Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wade Miley will pitch for the Reds, and lefthander David Price will pitch for Los Angeles.

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

BK has priority for Wednesday’s lineup vs. the Dodgers since he was a winner today. 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:

Jon Davis 6 2 .750
BK 9 4 .692
Peter Onte 2 1 .667
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
Melvin 1 4 .200
Don 1 4 .200
AirborneJayJay 0 1 .000
Jeff 0 1 .000
Mark Moore 0 1 .000
VaRedsFan 0 1 .000
Tom Mitsoff 0 2 .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, where they plan to post the results from each day’s schedule at 2 p.m. Eastern time.