Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Reds 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 12 0
Dodgers 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 9 2

Max Muncy’s one-out single in the bottom of the 10th inning drove home Mookie Betts and gave the Los Angeles Dodgers (57-29) a 4-3 extra-inning victory over the Cincinnati Reds (42-44) at Dodger Stadium.

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.

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Sim Reds reliever and loser Cody Reed retired the first batter in the 10th inning, Chris Taylor. But then Betts singled and Reed wild-pitched him to second base. That set up Muncy’s heroics.

Los Angeles took the early 3-0 lead against Anthony DeSclafani, but the sim Reds offense came all the way back. Nick Castellanos’ two-run single in the sixth brought Cincinnati back within one run. In the top of the ninth, Shogo Akiyama’s clutch two-out single off Kenley Jansen drove home Tucker Barnhart to tie the game. Joey Votto followed with a double that moved Akiyama to third, but Phillip Ervin then struck out against Jansen to leave runners on second and third. Akiyama’s hit marked the second time Jansen had a blown save against Cincinnati this sim year.

Votto’s three hits led a 12-hit Reds attack.

After today’s sim games, the Brewers are back in a virtual tie for first place in the NL Central after falling to the Cubs at Wrigley Field. St. Louis also won, pulling within one game of the lead. The Reds are four games behind and in fourth place.

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

A-Pinch Hit For Desclafani In 6th Inning
B-Pinch Hit For Winker In 7th Inning
D-Pinch Hit For Garrett In 9th Inning

C-Pinch Hit For Kolarek In 7th Inning
E-Pinch Hit For Jansen In 9th Inning
F-Pinch Hit For Pederson In 10th Inning

Standings following the June 30 games: 

Brewers 45 39 .536 0.0
Cubs 46 40 .535 0.0
Cardinals 45 41 .523 1.0
Reds 42 44 .488 4.0
Pirates 34 51 .400 11.5

The 2020 schedule has the Reds at Dodger Stadium Wednesday for the third game of the four-game series. Sonny Gray pitches for the sim Reds, and lefthander David Price will start 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 2020 Minor League season is cancelled

While it’s not surprising to many of us who have been able to read the writing on the wall for months, the 2020 Minor League Baseball season has been cancelled. The Minor League Baseball board met earlier today and an official announcement is expected later today.

The 2020 Minor League Baseball season is cancelled

Four players thus far have opted out of the 2020 season

In the notes yesterday we had news that former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake was opting out of playing in the 2020 season. Since then three others have joined him – Joe Ross and Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals, as well as Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies. The Minnesota Twins also took the option out of the hands of two of their coaches – Bob McClure and Bill Evers – and will replace them for 2020 after reviewing their medical histories. Both will remain in the organization and on the payroll, and may contribute in advisory roles for now according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune.

Barry Larkin “Why is it on there?”

The National League MVP Award in 1995 went to Reds shortstop Barry Larkin. He, along with several other past MVP Award winners are asking for the name of Kenesaw Landis to be removed from the award that is given to the MVP each year.

Hired in 1920 as the sport’s first commissioner to help clean up rampant gambling, Landis and his legacy are “always a complicated story” that includes “documented racism,” official MLB historian John Thorn said.

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:

Peter Onte 2 1 .667
Jon Davis 9 5 .643
BK 9 6 .600
James Owens 3 2 .600
Redsfan4life 5 4 .556
Gonzo Reds 6 5 .545
RedsEuphoria 1 1 .500
Tomn 1 1 .500
Doug Gray 1 1 .500
Don 2 5 .286
Melvin 1 4 .200
AirborneJayJay 0 1 .000
Jeff 0 1 .000
VaRedsFan 0 1 .000
Mark Moore 0 2 .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.

38 Responses

  1. Melvin

    Don’t get discouraged guys. This is the toughest part of our remaining schedule. The other teams will have it tough too. The Cubs have the easiest schedule and we still have three left with them. We almost pulled it this one out. Have to work hard to win the next two in LA. We’re still a winning streak away with the easier part coming up.

  2. 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, Rodriguez
    OF – +Akiyama, Lorenzen(17), *Ervin, *Castellanos, +Payton, +Winker, Senzel
    SP – *Bauer, *Desclafani, *Gray, *+Miley, Castillo
    RP – *+Reed, Iglesias, *+Garrett, *Sims, *Strop, *R. Stephenson, Lorenzen, Kuhnel

    Guys on the 40 man roster not on active roster
    C – Stephenson, Farmer
    IF – Garcia, +Vanmeter, Blandino, *+Dietrich
    OF – Aquino, +Jankowski, *+Schebler
    SP – Mahle, Santillan, DeLeon, Antone
    RP – Bowman, *Jones(Can Return 7/4), Hendrix, Shafer, +Smith

    Finally here is a list of relevant non 40 man players
    C – Chris Okey
    IF – India, Davidson, Colon, 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

    • Don

      Jon, You probably did not see this late in yesterday’s game comments. A player that is demoted without options cannot be recalled by their team and is not available to be claimed by another team.
      This means Dietrich and Jones are gone from the Sim Reds and out of Sim Baseball for the rest of this season so you can take them off the list.

      • Don

        I would think take Trahan off the list as on Doug’s 60-man list article from a few days ago there is this note:

        C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic also is reporting that infielder Blake Trahan was invited by the Reds to their camp, but has chosen to retire.

    • Jon Davis

      Yes thanks Don I had not seen that but just made the required adjustments.

  3. Mark Moore

    Strat-o-Hates us still … and we did what we do in extras.

  4. Melvin

    Good news is Joey Votto is hitting like Joey Votto since coming back from the IL. During that stretch he’s played every game vs. RH AND LF pitching. He’s batting .386 and has hit in every game except one, 12 out of 13 games. His OBP is going up by hitting, not by walking. Having said that here is a lineup to think about. Anyone can use it if they want. I don’t care.

    Akiyama RF
    Votto 1B
    Suarez 3B
    Castellanos LF
    Lorenzen CF
    Casali C
    Galvis SS (Second on team in RBI)
    Gray P
    Senzel 2B

    • Melvin

      An argument could be made to put Aki in CF and Ervin in RF taking out Lorenzen. Any thoughts? Just need to win. 🙂

  5. Don

    Here is my lineup proposal vs Price

    Akiyama LF
    Votto 1B
    Suarez 3B
    Castellanos RF
    Mouse 2B
    Casali C
    Galvis SS
    Senzel CF
    Gray P

    going with gut feeling today as only a couple of Reds have ABs vs Price.
    2019 – Castellanos (2-3)2B
    2018 – Mouse (1-2)
    2018 – Castellanos 1-3
    2017 – Barnhardt 0-1
    2017 – Suarez 0-1
    2017 – Votto 0-1

    Ervin has fallen off a cliff in June, then we stopped playing him and he has been worse in PH and spot duty.
    Lorenzen has cooled off as a hitter a lot in June.
    Senzel has to come alive at some point just like Castallanos has with playing time.

    Hoping it starts on this game vs Price.

    • Melvin

      I vote for this one.
      I’m sorry. Don’t want anyone to think I’m not a fan of theirs. You all have good lineups and are smart. Since I’ve been a proponent of Aki and Votto in the lineup I have to vote for this one. I didn’t submit mine necessarily to be voted on anyway.

  6. Melvin

    Games Remaining:


    Home 7
    Away 8
    Games Vs. Opponent 10+ < .500 3 (Pirates @ Home)
    Games Vs. Opp. 5-9 < .500 2 (Mets @ Home)
    Games Vs. Opp. 0-4 .500 0
    Games Vs. Opp. 5-9 > .500 3 (Cubs @ Wrigley)
    Games Vs. Opp. 10+ . .500 4 (Dodgers @ LA 2) (Indians @ Home 2)


    Home 11
    Away 6
    Games Vs. Opp. 10+ < .500 3 (Giants @ Home)
    Games Vs. Opp. 5-9 < .500 0
    Games Vs. Opp. 0-4 .500 0
    Games Vs. Opp. 5-9 > .500 3 (Brews @ Home)
    Games Vs. Opp. 10+ > .500 8 ( Nats @ Home 2) (Nats @ D.C. 3) (Rays @ Tampa 3)


    Home 10
    Away 5
    Games Vs. Opp. 10+ < .500 4 (WSox @ WSox 2) (WSox @ Home 2)
    Games Vs. Opp. 5-9 < .500 0
    Games Vs. Opp. 0-4 .500 3 (Braves @ Atl.)
    Games Vs. Opp. 5-9 > .500 2 (Brews @ Home)
    Games Vs. Opp. 10+ > .500 3 (Rays @ Home)


    Home 6
    Away 11
    Games Vs. Opp. 10+ < .500 0
    Games Vs. Opp. 5-9 < .500 0
    Games Vs. Opp. 0-4 .500 3 (Cards @ SL)
    Games Vs. Opp. 5-9 > .500 2 (Cubs @ Wrigley)
    Games Vs. Opp. 10+ > .500 8 (Rays @ Home 2) (Padres @ SD 3) (Dodgers @ LA 3)

  7. Melvin

    I had this correct when I typed it. Promise. Somehow it got scrambled and deleted some after sending. Here are the corrections:

    Games Vs. Opp. 0-4 .500 0

    Games Vs. Opp. 0-4 .500 0

    Games Vs. Opp. 1-4 < .500 3 (Reds @ Home)

    Games Vs. Opp. 1-4 < .500 4 (Rocks @ Home)

    • Melvin

      Okay if someone wants to help me out as to why this is doing this I’m willing to listen. LOL It deleted and scramble some again.

      The reds also play the Diamondbacks at home 3 games and they are at .500.

      The Cards also play the Yankees at home 3 games and they are at .500.

  8. Redsfan4life

    Akiyama rf
    Lorenzen cf
    Suarez 3b
    Castellanos 1b
    Galvis ss
    Ervin lf
    Casali c
    Gray p
    Senzel 2b

    Votto is hot but went 0-4 last time against a lhp. He can not hit LHP.

    • Melvin

      There was only one hit in that game by anyone and of course that’s the only game Votto went hitless during the 13 games. I understand your point even though Votto did face other lefties during that stretch and did not go hitless. Whatever works. just want to win.

      • Redsfan4life

        Melvin, It is so hard for me to type Votto can not hit LHP. Because in my 47 years of following Reds baseball. Votto is hands down my favorite Reds player ever. IMO he is the best hitter in Reds history. But last couple years he has not hit LHP at all. So I am guessing his Stat card is not good when facing a LHP.

      • Melvin

        I can understand your feelings buddy. I think Votto is the Reds best hitter of all time too.

    • Gonzo Reds

      This lineup has the most elements I would put in mine so gets my vote.

    • Melvin

      Okay buddy. We’re behind you. Win out 15 straight. 🙂 Personally I’m rooting for the Brewers to knock off the Cubs the next two considering the schedules that are left. The Nats need to remember what we did to them again and trounce the Cards.

  9. Jon Davis

    My gut is saying that Akiyama is seriously cooling off so my gut said give him a day off vs the LHP and give Ervin a start. My gut also said give Rodriguez a start if for no other reason than it’s a good opportunity to and I am tired of seeing his name at the top of our leaderboard, plus Galvis has had his struggles vs Price. Other than those pretty standard except Votto to hot to sit. Maybe the order could use a tweak, BK? My bench coach any thoughts on the order?

    1. Votto – 1B
    2. Ervin – RF
    3. Suarez – 3B
    4. Castellanos – LF
    5. Lorenzen – CF
    6. Casali – C
    7. Senzel – 2B
    8. Gray – P
    9. Rodriguez – SS

    • Melvin

      Whatya mean? AlfRod is our best hitter. He’s batting 1.000! hahaha

      • Melvin

        Doug had a good post today about Garcia if anyone gets a chance to read it.

      • BK

        I saw the article … a good read. Doug is the absolute best at covering the Red’s farm. That said, it would be an enormous jump from Hi A to the majors. It’s not something we see very often. Garcia created a lot of excitement with his early spring outburst, but the numbers say he was a little overmatched last Fall. The inability to upgrade SS was one of the few disappointments for last offseason. I hope the time Garcia gets with the big league staff helps him overcome the lack of playing time from the pandemic. It would be really great if he’s knocking on the door in 2021, but my expectations remain tempered for 2020.

      • Doug Gray

        Mike Trout was overmatched in the fall before he was the best player in the Major Leagues (.600 OPS in the AFL in 2011, 90th in the league, with 5 walks/33 strikeouts in 111 PA, then a .963 OPS in the Majors in 2012). Guys are worn down when fall ball rolls around. Not that Garcia is Mike Trout – but the importance of the AFL isn’t great. You’d like to see guys do well, but yeah – the list is really long of guys who didn’t perform out there who turned into superstars, and quickly.

      • BK

        Great points Doug … as for Mike Trout, he was also a top 2 or 3 prospect coming off a sensational year at AA (2011) and had a brief stop where he obliterated the ball at AAA before bursting on the Major League scene in 2012. His MLB debut in 2011, called up from AA, wasn’t stellar.

        Not down on Garcia as a prospect, but wouldn’t it be quite an anomaly to see him deliver even average results in the big leagues this year? The track record for guys struggling in the AFL and going on to solid MLB careers may be long, but how long is the track record for guys jumping from A+ to the majors and having a lot of success?

      • Doug Gray

        The list to choose from is small because guys don’t make that jump. But we’re living in a weird time right now, too. Garcia’s not going to likely be jumping from A+ to the Majors. He’s going to be jumping from a weird AA/AAA/AAAA hybrid we’ve never seen before to the Majors.

      • BK

        On this topic, just saw Jorge Mateo traded from the A’s to the Padres. He would have been a nice fit w/the Reds … top-of-the chart speed, and can play SS, 2B and CF.

      • Melvin

        I don’t think it will be too long before we see both AlfRod and JGar both in the majors. Maybe this year at one point.

    • Melvin

      Going with your gut is all anyone can ask. I’m doing the same thing. I know you want to win just like me and everyone else. From a conversation stand point personally I can’t bring myself to take Aki out. I know he’s not tearing it up but he still did get a hit today and still leads the league in BA by 7 points. When it comes to playing him with 15 games left and so much on the line, I just have to let it ride.

    • BK

      Jon, I like your lineup. Perhaps swap Ervin and Votto. That groups our two faster guys together. I agree, it may be time to give Akiyama a quick breather. Price only faced one batter in our last meeting so there’s just not a lot to go on.

      I think Ervin is a “must play” against LHP. He was due for some regression, but we also started playing him nearly everyday. Statistically, that’s not his forte. Destroying LHP is his forte.

  10. VaRedsFan

    If Larkin wants to remove Landis’ name from his trophy that’s his business. But stop trying to police history from the future. Fed up with everyone being offended by stuff that happened before most of us were born. Leave history alone….instead use it to show how much progress has been made since then.

    • Melvin

      Yeah I agree. History is history. Good or bad. There will always be something to be offended about if that’s what we’re looking for.

    • Gonzo Reds

      Still going to proudly wear my Larkin HOF hat but I totally agree Va.

    • Frankie Tomatoes

      Garbage take.

      Removing bad history from being celebrated is the right move. People that sucked shouldn’t just get a pass because “well, it was back in the day”. They sucked. Get rid of them and all of the trash they believed in.

    • BK

      I’m with Frankie … any time you give an award in someone’s name, you are honoring that individual. The BBWAA needs to ask themselves is Landis values reflect the values they want to be known for. There’s a big difference between removing history (I oppose that) and celebrating bad history. We should remember all history, but celebrate the events and people that best reflect who we aspire to be. Nobody is perfect, but there are plenty of inspirational people to choose from.

  11. Tom Mitsoff

    At 10:43 p.m. Eastern, I count two endorsements for Redsfan4life and one each for Don and Jon Davis. Redsfan4life gets the manager’s seat for Wednesday.