The Cincinnati Reds (37-39) saw strong pitching from Anthony DeSclafani and the bullpen along with a big 6th inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals (41-34) on Friday.
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!
Matt Carpenter got the St. Louis Cardinals on the board first, hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the 2nd inning against Anthony DeSclafani. That would be the only real damage against the Reds right-handed pitcher on the day, though, as he fired off 7.0 innings with just one run allowed, one walk, and he picked up nine strikeouts while dropping his ERA to 3.73 on the year.
The Cincinnati offense wasn’t getting much done for the first five innings of the game, but in the 6th inning they exploded. Shogo Akiyama, Joey Votto, and Nick Senzel all singled to lead off the inning. After a pitching change an error kept the line rolling for Jesse Winker who singled, Nick Castellanos who doubled, and then saw the inning capped off by a Freddy Galvis single. When the Reds were through, having batted around, they amassed a 6-1 lead.
Michael Lorenzen took over in the 8th inning and fired a perfect inning of relief before giving way to Joel Kuhnel. The rookie right-hander kept his ERA at 0.00 on the year as he sealed the win for the Reds.
Here is the sim Reds box score, as provided by Strat-O-Matic:
Standings following the June 19 games:
The 2020 schedule will see the Reds take on right-handed pitcher Dakota Hudson and the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. Today’s Redleg Nation winning commenter/manager Gonzo Reds will be setting the lineup. Wade Miley or a bullpen day could be used for the pitching.
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.
Behind the idea of a players grievance and baseball in 2020
Eugene Freedman tackled all of the ins-and-outs of the idea behind the Major League Baseball Players Association filing a grievance against Major League Baseball as the two struggle to find a happy medium in their negotiations over a 2020 season at Fangraphs this afternoon.
5 Phillies players, 3 Phillies staff members test positive
Facilities have been opened up for less than two weeks at the spring training sites in both Arizona and Florida and the Phillies are the first team we know of that have been hit by an “outbreak”, so to speak, as they’ve had multiple players and staff test positive for COVID-19. Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia had the news first. Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer is also reporting that the spread extends beyond just those employees, but to a adult and child family members of those employees (numbers unspecified).
Oh no, Paul Wilson, what are you doing?
On this date in 2003, Paul Wilson made a big mistake.
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.