The bullpen blew up for both teams in the 7th inning, but the Padres got their damage in last with homers by Francisco Mejia and Fernando Tatis Jr (his 2nd of the day) and that lead held up over the final two innings to give San Diego (41-33) a 7-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds (35-38).
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!
Both offenses were quiet early on, but a Joey Votto error in the 3rd inning helped San Diego get things going on offense. A walk led off the inning, and after a fly out, Votto made an error to put two runners on for Fernando Tatis, who unloaded on a 3-run homer to put the Padres up 3-0. That’s where the score remained until a Shogo Akiyama ground out brought in Luis Castillo who doubled earlier in the inning.
Trailing 3-1 in the 7th, the Reds went to work with Freddy Galvis and Shogo Akiyama both singling to set up Joey Votto, who made up for his earlier error by crushing a 3-run homer to put Cincinnati up 4-3.
The Reds turned the lead over to the bullpen after 6.0 quality innings from Luis Castillo on the mound. Lefty Amir Garrett came in and made quick work of both Wil Myers and Jurickson Profar to begin the inning. But then the wheels fell off as he walked Brian Dozier and gave up a go-ahead homer to Francisco Mejia. After another single Garrett was replaced by Nate Jones who promptly gave up a 2-run homer to Fernando Tatis Jr. that put the game away as San Diego jumped out to a 7-4 lead. The Padres bullpen shut things down in the final two innings, with only a 2-out double in the 9th inning by Tucker Barnhart posing any threat the rest of the way.
Here is the sim Reds box score, as provided by Strat-O-Matic:
Standings following the June 16 games:
The 2020 schedule has the Reds taking on the San Diego Padres for Wednesday. The Reds will send Sonny to the mound and face off against right-handed pitcher Cal Quantrill.
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.
There are 6-8 owners who don’t want a season in 2020
According to Andy Martino of SNY there are somewhere between 6-8 owners who do not want to play a season in 2020.
Hearing that six owners that don't want a season. @Ken_Rosenthal reports 8 or more. Urgency for Manfred to corral his group before that number grows.
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) June 16, 2020
The Texas Rangers are bringing employees back to the ballpark offices
While many teams are still working remotely, and some even plan to do so until 2021, the Texas Rangers are pushing forward with bringing back even more team employees to the offices at their new stadium. They are the first and only team doing so at this point in time. RJ Anderson of CBS Sports reported this earlier today, noting that the Rangers are also preparing for the event of playing in front of fans if/when the season opens up.
MLB is Crumling. Blame the Owners
Stephanie Apstein of Sports Illustrated looked back at the timeline of what’s been going on in baseball over at SI earlier today. She reached out to each of the 30 owners in Major League Baseball seeking comment about the ongoings, and was ignored by seven teams, had five teams say they would pass along the request (which no response ever came), and the remaining 18 teams declined.
The Reds, owned by Bob Castellini, said, “No, but thank you for asking.”
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.