Luis Castillo pitched a one-hit complete-game shutout to lead the Cincinnati Reds (42-42) to a convincing 13-0 victory over the Washington Nationals (50-34) 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!
Castillo retired the first nine Washington batters he faced, but Trea Turner led off the top of the fourth inning with a single, which turned out to be the visitors’ only hit. Castillo walked two and struck out 11 in what was the best pitching performance by a sim Reds pitcher all season.
On offense, Nick Castellanos was the shining star. He batted 3-for-5 with two home runs (his sixth and seventh) and knocked in five runs in what was his best single-game offensive performance of the season.
Things went so well for the sim Reds that Alfredo Rodriguez made his major league debut, pinch-hitting for Freddy Galvis in the bottom of the eighth inning, and he got his first sim major league hit and first RBI.
After today’s sim games, the Brewers maintained their one-percentage-point lead in the division over the Cubs. St. Louis lost and fell one game behind. The Reds are three games behind the co-leaders and in fourth place.
Here is the sim Reds box score, as provided by Strat-O-Matic:
A-Pinch Hit For Voth In 6th Inning
B-Subbed Defensively (2B) For Castro In 8th Inning
C-Pinch Hit For Barnhart In 8th Inning
D-Pinch Hit For Galvis In 8th Inning
E-Pinch Hit For Akiyama In 8th Inning
Standings following the June 28 games:
The 2020 schedule has the Reds hitting the road for Los Angeles for a four-game series against the Dodgers Monday. Trevor Bauer pitches for the sim Reds, and lefthander Clayton Kershaw — the sim league leader in wins with 11 — pitches for LA.
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 Reds 60-man roster
The Cincinnati Reds, along with all other MLB teams, must submit their 60-man player pool roster to MLB by 4pm ET today. It’s likely that we will find out that roster today. We wrote a little bit about it this morning, speculating about some things and who may wind up on it. Once it’s released, we’ll have a full report.
Will the short season have legitimacy?
Mo Egger, a local sports radio talk show host in Cincinnati who fills in at times for ESPN Radio at the national level, also contributes at The Athletic with more of a “fan perspective”. On Friday he wrote about the 2020 baseball season and how legitimate it could be.
If the Reds can avoid a repeat of last season’s dreadful start and emerge from a chaotic and unpredictable regular season with a playoff berth, then somehow survive the most arbitrary postseason in pro sports and capture the franchise’s first world championship in 30 years, I will celebrate by whatever means are socially acceptable. That could be mauling total strangers in ecstasy or quietly enjoying a cigar finer than the one I tweeted a picture of the other night.
I would bask in what would be an immensely cathartic moment for our city and I’d buy every souvenir shirt, hoodie, hat and trinket available.
Texas Rangers staff is “terrified for their safety”
Jeff Passan of ESPN wrote about what’s happening in Texas right now, particularly with the Rangers and their staff at the new ballpark. Multiple employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The Rangers, of course play in Texas, and they have been attempting to plan around allowing fans back into their ballpark as allowed by their governor. That’s led to many ballpark employees being asked to work at the stadium rather than remotely, like is happening in many other places who are not planning around fans just yet.
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.
Jon Davis has the priority for Sunday’s lineup since he was the winning manager 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:
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.