Eugenio Suarez cracked his 20th home run of the season in the top of the 7th inning, kick starting a 5-run inning that put the Cincinnati Reds (35-36) well out in front of the Milwaukee Brewers (35-35) at Milwaukee’s Miller Park in an 8-4 win on Saturday.
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!
It was a big day for Jesse Winker who made the Brewers pay as he drove in three runs, including the go-ahead run in the top of the 5th inning with a 2-run double to put Cincinnati ahead 3-2 after ceding the lead in the previous half-inning.
After Suarez busted the seams off of the ball with a 1-out homer in the 7th, Winker walked, and the Brewers made the mistake of intentionally walking Mike Moustakas to put two runners on. Freddy Galvis, Mark Payton, and Tyler Stephenson all followed up with singles before Joey Votto capped off the inning with a double that put the Reds up 8-2 and put the game completely out of reach.
The big 7th inning kept Tyler Mahle in line for the win after firing off 6.0 innings of 2-run baseball. Nate Jones hit a speed bump in the 7th, but had plenty of runs to work with as he gave up two runs on a 2-run homer to Omar Narvaez. Jones came back out for the 8th and worked around a double and a walk to keep the score at 8-4. Lefty Amir Garrett then came on for the 9th inning and put the Brewers down 1-2-3 to seal the victoy.
Here is the sim Reds box score, as provided by Strat-O-Matic:
Standings following the June 13 games:
The 2020 schedule as currently constituted has the Reds in Milwaukee Saturday for the second game of a three-game series at Miller Park. Today’s Redleg Nation winning commenter/manager Redsfan4life will set the lineup with Anthony DeSclafani as the starting pitcher, while right-hander Adrian Houser will pitch for Milwaukee.
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.
The “Taxi Squad” could be quite large
Over at RedsMinorLeagues.com this morning I took a look at some of the rumors around the “taxi squad”, that would essentially be used as backups for injuries or performance related demotions/promotions during a baseball season this year. Teams and their “taxi squad” will not be at the same location, which was a bit surprising. They will need to be within 100 miles of the “home stadium”, which leaves the Reds with a few options. But we also learned that the “taxi squad” may be as many as 34 players beyond the active big league roster – which is also a bit of a surprise given some of the rumors we had heard about it in the past.
MLB buys another printing press for printing money
As Major League Baseball owners seem to cry poor and being unable to play baseball games without losing money hand over fist (which, well, there’s tons of evidence that it’s not remotely the case) – today they agreed to a new deal with Turner Sports to broadcast some of the playoff games. Andrew Marchand of The New York Post had the story first. The deal used to be for $350,000,000. The new deal is for $1,000,000,000 – a change of $650,000,000. Hard to truly fathom how some owners are out here trying to convince the world that baseball is not very profitable….
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.
Redleg Nation commenter/manager Redsfan4life will have priority on the lineup for Sunday because he was the winning manager Saturday. 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.