Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Reds 2 1 0 0 5 1 0 1 0 10 18 0
Cardinals 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 7 13 0

The Cincinnati Reds (38-39) used another big inning on Saturday to pull out a victory of the St. Louis Cardinals (41-35).

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!

The Reds got on the board in the top of the 1st with a quickness – Shogo Akiyama singled to lead off the game and Joey Votto followed up with a 2-run homer. The lead didn’t last very long on a bullpen day, as closer Raisel Iglesias made the start and gave up two runs of his own in the inning. Cincinnati grabbed the lead back after a Michael Lorenzen double was followed up by a Tucker Barnhart single, making it 3-2. The Cardinals got the run back when Nate Jones started the 3rd inning by giving up a solo homer to Tommy Edman. Cody Reed came on for the 4th inning and gave up four hits in the inning, leading to two St. Louis Runs and watching the Cardinals jump ahead 5-3.

But it was the next inning when the Reds pulled away. Mike Moustakas led off with a double and was followed up by back-to-back singles by Eugenio Suarez and Nick Castellanos. Michael Lorenzen came through with his second double of the day, and after a ground out by Tucker Barnhart, Phillip Ervin and Freddy Galvis also doubled to put a 5-spot on the board for Cincinnati as they took an 8-5 lead. Three singles in the 6th inning led to an insurance run. Eugenio Suarez capped off the Reds scoring with a solo homer in the 8th inning that made it 10-5. Matt Carpenter crushed a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 8th against Lucas Sims to cut into the lead, but 10-7 was as close as the Cardinals would get.

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

Standings following the June 20 games:

Cardinals 41 35 .539 0.0
Cubs 41 36 .532 0.5
Brewers 39 36 .520 1.5
Reds 38 39 .494 3.5
Pirates 32 43 .427 8.5

The 2020 schedule will see the Reds take on right-handed pitcher Carlos Martinez and the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Today’s Redleg Nation winning commenter/manager Gonzo Reds will be setting the lineup. Wade Miley will take the mound for the Reds.

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.

Spring Training 2.0 in the home city

Assuming that we get baseball going again, teams are going to be holding their spring training in their home city and not their spring training facility according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Most teams were already planning on doing this, but it seems that everyone is now on board with that plan.

Speaking of getting a season going….

The NFLPA suggests no group workouts

If you were curious about how the NFL was going about things, it’s not great news.

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:

Jon Davis 6 3 .667
Peter Onte 2 1 .667
BK 9 5 .643
James Owens 3 2 .600
Gonzo Reds 6 4 .600
Redsfan4life 5 4 .556
RedsEuphoria 1 1 .500
Tomn 1 1 .500
Doug Gray 1 1 .500
Melvin 1 4 .200
Don 1 4 .200
AirborneJayJay 0 1 .000
Jeff 0 1 .000
Mark Moore 0 2 .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.

24 Responses

  1. Jon Davis

    Current Roster
    (* = player has NO options)
    (+ = LHP or LHB)
    (^ = Switch Hitter)

    Our current 26 man roster is:
    C – *+Barnhart, *Casali
    IF – *+Votto, *+Moustakas, *Suarez, *^Galvis, *+Dietrich
    OF – +Akiyama, Lorenzen, *Ervin, *Castellanos, +Payton, +Winker, Senzel
    SP – *Desclafani, *Gray, *+Miley, Castillo
    RP – *+Reed, Iglesias, *+Garrett, *Sims, *Strop, *R. Stephenson, Lorenzen, *Jones, Kuhnel
    DL – *Bauer (Can return 6/24)

    Guys on the 40 man roster not on active roster
    C – Stephenson(Can Return 6/28), Farmer
    IF – Garcia(Can Return 6/23), +Vanmeter, Blandino
    OF – Aquino, +Jankowski, *+Schebler
    SP – Mahle(Can Return 6/24), Santillan, DeLeon, Antone
    RP – Hendrix, Shafer, +Smith, Bowman(Can Return 6/23)

    Finally here is a list of relevant non 40 man players
    C – Chris Okey
    IF – India, Davidson, Colon, Rodriguez, Trahan
    OF – +Friedl, +Powell, Barnes, Fairchild, +Hannah, +Siani
    SP – +Lodolo, Greene, Gutierrez, +Naughton, +Raley, Solomon, Lillie, +Sanmartin
    RP – Thornburg, +Biddle, Romano, +Finnegan, Carpenter, Alaniz, Powers

  2. Melvin

    Another great win for Gonzo and all of us sim Reds guys! Awesome! Looks like Lorenzen rewarded you Gonzo with going with your gut feeling. One step closer guys. 🙂

  3. Melvin

    Gonzo, my “gut feeling” lineup for tomorrow should it help you in any way during our “crunch time”.

    Akiyama RF
    Votto 1B
    Moose 2B
    Suarez 3B
    Castellanos LF
    Lorenzen CF
    Barnhart C
    Miley or whoever you choose P
    Galvis SS

  4. Gonzo Reds

    Thanks for all the help guys on helping me work through things and of course Jon’s roster update early each day is really invaluable.

    Well, don’t have to think about the starter at least today, it’s Miley and hopefully he’ll cool off the red hot Carpenter who hits .200 against the rest of MLB and .400 against us each year it seems!

    As for the lineup… I don’t see too much reason to make a change today. Thought about Winker as he can work a walk and Car-Mo does tend to give up the free passes but in the end keeping Lorenzen out of the pen seems like a no brainer and I think he hits alot better lower in the order like I had him yesterday.

    Aki – LF
    Votto – 1B
    Moustakas – 2B
    Suarez – 3B
    Peyton – RF
    Lorenzen – CF
    Barnhart – C
    Galvis – 2B

    Winker/Ervin/Casto pretty solid pH core. See it put Casali in late at 1B. Really would like to move Deitrich out maybe for Bauer when he returns?

  5. Don

    Gonzo, keep the string going

    Today was Lorenzen 13th game with 3 PAs, he has to get to 20 before he is a two-way player.

    We will have to send a pitcher down for Bauer this week, cannot send a position player and still be in the limit of 13 pitchers.

    • Don

      By the way, Lorenzen’s hitting

      In games with a righty Starter he is 4-26
      In games which a lefty starts he is 11-27

    • Melvin

      Looks like it will have to be Jones down for Bauer correct guys? Thanks for the info about Lorenzen and two way status. Thought he was closer. Still, when he gets enough we can add Bowman.

      • Don

        I went through all the games a week or so ago and this is the list of Lorenzen starting games with 3 ABs, what he did at the plate, starting pitcher. I do not think I missed any as at the time I came up with the same number Tom had.

        4-19 – Yankees 2-3 (J. Happ) – L
        5/2 – Nats – 0-3 (J. Ross) – R
        5/16 – Brewers 1-4 (B. Anderson) – L
        5/24 – Padres 2-4 (J. Lucchesi) – L
        5/26 – Pirates 2-5 (D Holland) – L
        5/30 – Cubs 2-4 (J. Quintana) – L
        6/1 – Cubs 1-3 (Y. Darvish) – R
        6/4 – Cubs 1-4 (J. Quintana) – L
        6/6 – Cubs 0-4 (Y. Darvish) – R
        6/7 – Cubs 1-3 (J. Lester) – L
        6/9 – Dodgers 0-4 (W. Buehler) – R
        6/10 – Dodgers 0-7 (D. Price) – R
        6/20 – Cards 3-5 (Hudson) – R

      • Melvin

        I’m sure you didn’t miss any games. You’re very thorough. Certainly not disputing your findings just seemed like more. He sure was valuable against RHP today wasn’t he? Not just his defense.

  6. Gonzo Reds

    Farmer up Dietrich down? Farmer can backup SS and C (Casali can backup 1B, Senzel 2B/3B).

    • Melvin

      If we think that Farmer up will help us win more now in cruch time I’m all for it. You know I’ve been a big proponent recently of adding someone like Garcia or Rodriguez in order to greatly improve our range when needed. One thing to consider about Farmer is do we want Strato using him to pinch hit? One of the other two guys just mentioned would probably get rare chances.

    • Don

      Both have limited PA’s, here are there stats
      Farmer – 8-41, 4 2B, 2BB, 17 Ks
      Dietrich – 5-21, 1 2B, 3 BB, 5 K’s

      So far Dietrich is slightly better offensively (neither are great) and is striking out a lot less so the ball is at least being put into play more. The numbers say to keep the lefty on the bench as a PH for a few more PAs and see what happens.
      With your lineup today there are 2 LHB and 3 RHB on the bench which to me is a good balance.

      Garcia can be brought up on the 23rd at the earliest as he was sent down on the 13th when Votto got off the IL.

      • Melvin

        You always have good stats. Do we need to ask ourselves is Dietrich helping us right now more or hurting us more? He did get a pinch hit recently but for the most part is not filling that role well. Strato likes to use him first a lot of times in a game and did again today. Would it be better bringing up someone (a defense first guy) who’s farther down on the list of pinch hitters in order to use more of our good hitters first? Would Farmer be that much of an upgrade to Dietrich if we want to keep one of the two? What does everyone think?

      • Don

        I would not read into the order of the pinch hitter usage as something that the strat-o-matic thinks that hitter is the best pinch hitter. I would have to think it is more complicated selection than that, it has to be situational.
        When Dietrich pinch hit, it was for a relief pitcher on a bullpen day whom probably was done pitching even if he was not going to bat, it was the top of the 4th inning, 1 out, game tied 3-3, right handed pitcher.

        Situation when other pinch hitters were used today
        Castellanos (for Payton) – 5th inning, team down 5-3, no outs, runners on 1st and 3rd.
        Ervin (for Reed) – 5th inning, – 5th inning, team up 6-5, no outs, runners on 1st and 3rd. , 1 outs, runners on 2nd and 3rd
        Winker(for Stephenson) – 7th inning, team up 9-5, 2 outs, bases empty

        When Dietrich pinch hit the choice was probably Dietrich or Winker and the program was saving Winker for a possible more critical time.
        If Winker is the only lefty on the bench he may have been used then.

        To look at this another way, the average number of runs that have historically scored for each base state/number of outs
        Dietrich – 1 out, no runner = 0.24
        Castellanos – 1st & 3rd – 0 Outs = 1.65
        Ervin – 2nd & 3rd – 1 out = 1.27
        Winker – 2 out, no runners = 0.09
        Casali and Senzel were not used

        So Castellanos and Ervin were given the most critical pinch hitting ABs

      • Melvin

        I see. Well that’s good work on your part. Thanks. It’s very hard to understand Strato as they’re not always consistent. I really don’t think they want us to understand too much. Bottom line is what everyone thinks will help us right now the most, that’s the move or moves we need to make. No reason to wait if there’s something we need to do now and it’s feasible of course. Time is running out for us to takeover 1st place. 🙂

  7. Melvin

    I meant that comment towards your lineup.

  8. Melvin

    Until Lorenzen reaches two way status, provided that is the way we want to go (seems like it), we still could use another arm in the bullpen. Has anyone thought more about the idea of telling Strato that we want to use Miley as a reliever, that we’re going with a four man rotation, and that we’ll use a BP day when needed?

  9. Tom Mitsoff

    Hello, gentlemen! I have returned from my trip to the Wisconsin north woods. I’m so excited about the wins over St. Louis! Doug has reassigned the GM duties to me, so I’ll be sending Gonzo’s lineup tonight.

    • Melvin

      Good to have you back. Doug did a great job of putting up with us but I’m sure he’s happy you’re back too. Hope you had a good time. 🙂

      • Tom Mitsoff

        We did, thanks! I was sure hoping that we’d have an agreement for real baseball by today, but not yet. 🙁 Sim baseball will have to suffice for at least awhile longer!

  10. Tom Mitsoff

    Okay, guys, I am sending Gonzo’s lineup. With the results of the first two games of the series, Sunday becomes the biggest game of the sim season to date. Go sim Reds!