The sim Cincinnati Reds finished 81-81 in Strat-O-Matic’s 162-game season simulation which was concluded today. Cincinnati missed the playoffs, and in fact finished fourth in the division, behind Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee.
Standings following completion of 2020 sim season:
Here is the image showing how the season playoffs went, with the Los Angeles Dodgers winning the World Series over the Houston Astros:
Here are the final full-season hitting and pitching statistics for the sim Reds:
Final Redleg Nation commenter/manager records:
Therefore, Strat-O-Matic’s record while making the managerial moves was 32-34.
From Strat-O-Matic regarding the overall sim season:
Luis Arreaz of Minnesota (.356) and Nolan Arenado of Colorado (.338) won the league batting titles, respectively
Jorge Soler of Kansas City and Story both hit 51 home runs to lead their respective leagues. Soler knocked in 130 runs to lead the A.L., and Arenado had 127 RBI to pace the N.L.
Eduardo Rodriguez won an A.L.-high 19 games for Boston, while Kershaw’s 21 wins and 2.16 ERA led the N.L.
Other division winners were Tampa Bay (102-60), Minnesota (91-71), defending champion Washington (91-71) and Chicago (N.L.) (91-71). Wild cards were New York (95-67) and Oakland (90-72) in the A.L. and Philadelphia (90-72) and Atlanta (89-73) in the N.L.
Higher seeds won every playoff round, including the Wild Card Games. The only series decided by a final game was the Washington-Chicago Division Series, a 3-2 Nationals win.
In the World Series, Justin Turner hit .500 for the Dodgers, but Cody Bellinger was named MVP after hitting .381 with 4 HR and 7 RBI in the five games. Four Astros hit over .400 in the Series in a losing cause.
Individual awards were selected as follows:
AL MVP: Alex Bregman, Houston
NL MVP: Trevor Story, Colorado
AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander, Houston
NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles
AL Rookie of the Year: Luis Robert, Chicago
NL Rookie of the Year: Shogo Akiyama, Cincinnati
On Friday, Strat-O-Matic released results of a 60-game simulation:
World Series Champion: Cleveland
AL Champion: Cleveland
NL Champion: Los Angeles (NL)
AL MVP: Carlos Correa
NL MVP: Kris Bryant
AL Cy Young: Charlie Morton
NL Cy Young: Mike Foltynewicz
AL Rookie of the Year: Luis Robert
NL Rookie of the Year: Alec Bohm
Cincinnati finished 30-30, nine games behind division winner St. Louis and NOT qualifying for the 16-team playoff field.
We did not receive the in-depth individual player stats for each team, but the sim Reds’ leading hitting apparently was Nick Castellanos with a .301 average and 18 doubles.
I did cast a doubtful eye on this when I noted in the league leader stats that Jose Garcia was among the league leaders in errors with nine, and that Tyler Stephenson apparently was the Reds’ primary catcher. Presuming that there weren’t major injuries to Freddy Galvis, Tucker Barnhart and Curt Casali, there is no way that Garcia and Stephenson would be playing everyday roles in a 60-game sprint.
Last year at this time, we probably would have been very optimistic about two simulations with the Reds finishing at .500. This year, not so much. 🙂