Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Marlins 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 4 11 0
Reds 0 5 0 0 1 2 0 0 X 8 8 1

The Cincinnati Reds (18-23) lit up Great American Ball Park with an atypical offensive power surge in an 8-4 victory over the Miami Marlins (16-26).

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!


Of the sim Reds’ eight hits, four were for extra bases — a direct departure from most of the sim season. A five-run rally in the bottom of the second was the key for the home team. Josh VanMeter led off with a walk, followed by a single by Phillip Ervin and a run-scoring double by Joey Votto. Two outs later, it appeared that the rally might be one of many this season that has fallen short. But number nine hitter Freddy Galvis came through with a triple, followed by recently called up Mark Payton, who crushed a home run for his first sim major league hit. Tucker Barnhart added a two-run home run in the sixth, also his first of the year.

Trevor Bauer recorded his team-leading fifth win by pitching around five hits and five walks in six innings, allowing only one run. Lucas Sims finished the game, earning a three-inning save.

Winning commenter/manager BK now has five wins in that role, tops among Redleg Nation participants. Because he submitted a winning lineup today, he will have priority for submitting Tuesday’s lineup.

The National League Central division continues to tighten, as the Chicago Cubs continue to come back to the pack after a very hot start. The Cubs lost today to the Brewers, allowing the Cardinals to pull within one game and the Brewers to pull within three. The Reds, in fifth place, are only five and a half games behind the leaders.

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

A-Pinch Hit For Alcantara In 6th Inning
C-Subbed Defensively (2B) For Tarpley In 7th Inning
E-Pinch Hit For Urena In 9th Inning

B-Pinch Hit For Bauer In 6th Inning
D-Subbed Defensively (CF) For Winker In 9th Inning

Standings following the May 11 games:

NL Central WON LOST PCT GB
Cubs 24 18 .571 0.0
Cardinals 23 19 .548 1.0
Brewers 21 21 .500 3.0
Pirates 18 22 .450 5.0
Reds 18 23 .439 5.5

The 2020 schedule as currently constituted has the Reds hosting the Miami Marlins for the second game in the three-game set. Anthony DeSclafani will pitch for the sim Reds, while right-hander Jordan Yamamoto pitches for Miami.

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:

Commenter/
“Manager”
WON LOST PCT
Peter Onte 2 1 .667
BK 5 3 .625
Gonzo Reds 2 2 .500
James Owens 2 2 .500
Redsfan4life 2 2 .500
Doug Gray 1 1 .500
RedsEuphoria 1 1 .500
Tomn 1 1 .500
AirborneJayJay 0 1 .000
Don 0 1 .000
Jeff 0 1 .000
Mark Moore 0 1 .000
Tom Mitsoff 0 1 .000
VaRedsFan 0 1 .000
Melvin 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 Strat-O-Matic.com, where they plan to post the results from each day’s schedule at 2 p.m. Eastern time.

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.

MLB Owners approve proposal to send to the players

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic seems to be the first to report it, but at 2pm this afternoon the owners of the 30 teams voted to approve a proposal to send to the Major League Baseball Players Association for review to get a season started. There’s a lot in the proposal – much of it covered by Bob Nightengale of USA Today early this morning. The two big things are the finances that MLB is asking the players to take a cut of, and the break down of the roster and “taxi squad”. Over at RedsMinorLeagues.com Doug Gray looked into what the “50-man” organizational roster could look like and what it could mean.

MLB’s Proposal would expand Reds roster up to 50 players

There is going to be more details that come out on this plan in the next day or two, and when we get more details, we’ll write about all of that here at Redleg Nation. I (Doug Gray) specifically wanted to wait for a few more details on what was actually in the proposal, as well as begin to hear some potential feedback from the players side of things once the plan was approved by ownership.

World Baseball Classic cancelled/postponed

The World Baseball Classic won’t be played in 2021. I can’t speak for everyone else, but it’s one of the more fun events that baseball holds in my opinion and it’s a bummer to see that we will be missing out on it this year.

9 Responses

  1. Jon Davis

    Ok well no history against Yamamoto, well Payton had an excellent debut so he is in. Ervin unexpectedly continues to hit so he is in as well. That leaves Senzel, Castellanos, Winker, VanMeter and Lorenzen as guys I want to play fighting for the final OF Spot. I can’t decide so I am going with my guy which says Castellanos. Moose has to start hitting at some point right? Same with Votto so I will go with them but not feeling great about it.

    1. Payton – CF
    2. Ervin – LF
    3. Suarez – 3B
    4. Castellanos – RF
    5. Moustakas – 2B
    6. Galvis – SS
    7. Barnhart – C
    8. Desclafani – P
    9. Votto – 1B

  2. Melvin

    Wow. I wander who’s idea it was to call up Payton? hahaha! Good call Tom. As you said he may turn in to another Akiyama. I still think you should submit a lineup yourself every now and then at least.

  3. BK

    The GM made the manager look good today by adding Payton to our roster. This will be the first time at the big league level that any of our hitter have face Yamamoto. Yamamoto turned 24 today (happy birthday!) so tomorrow we should all feel good about ruining his day as he takes the mound.

    He made the jump to the Marlins last year from AA. In sim land, he’s been their second best starter and has posted solid numbers. In my research, I noticed he had reverse splits last year with RH hitters logging an OPS of .126 better than LH hitters.

    RF – Payton (how can we not give him another start after his debut?)
    CF – Ervin (continues to hit the cover off the ball)
    LF – Winker (we’ll drop Suarez from his normal spot as he’s been slumping)
    3B – Suarez
    1B – Castellanos (this may be a mistake; he made an error in his last 1B start)
    2B – Farmer (trying to exploit that reverse split)
    C – Casali (rare start against a RHP)
    P – DeSclafani
    SS – Galvis

    Let’s go Reds!

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Got it, BK. Let’s hope Disco can avoid giving up homers. He’s allowed 10 — in that way, the simulation resembles the 2019 season.

  4. Melvin

    Hahaha! You told me that we shouldn’t put people in positions that they’ve never played at the big league level before when I tried to put Winker at 1B. Not complaining though. I think we should try it. LOL

    • BK

      I know Melvin, Tom hasn’t locked it in yet. What do you think? Castellanos has years of experience at 3B. In real life, it should be as natural of a position change as he could make. Winker on the other hand has never played infield as a pro. Maybe he doesn’t have the reflexes to play infield. I just couldn’t bring myself to sit either Payton or Winker. At any rate, I am open to suggestions. I appreciate the dialogue.

  5. Melvin

    Well in my opinion we have to get four people from the outfield in the lineup every day, five if Payton starts hitting well. Those four are Winker, Ervin, Akiyama when he comes back, and Castellanos since he’s starting to hit well. Only one of them has infield experience of course and that’s Castellanos at 3B. That’s why i was trying to shift things around the other day with Castellanos at 3B, Suarez since he has big league experience at SS, then move Galvis to 2B since he played there last year, and then VanMeter to 1B since he’s played there before. In answer to your question I’d personally try someone like Castellanos at first or Winker for that matter. Look at it this way. Suarez leads the team in errors with 8 playing his normal spot. If Payton starts hitting like Akiyama then when they’re both healthy it might have to look like this not necessarily in this order of course.
    Winker 1B
    Galvis 2B
    Castellanos 3B
    Suarez SS
    Akiyama CF
    Payton RF
    Ervin LF
    Barnhart/Casali,Farmer C
    P

    I understand about those who want to let players play maybe for ten games straight and see what they can do to come out of their slumps (Votto, Moustakas, Senzel). What we have to ask ourselves is can we afford to do that being in last place even behind the lowly Pirates with over 25% of the season gone? I’m a big fan of those three too but winning comes first and we don’t know if Strat-O-Matic will even let those guys start hitting like they would in real baseball. If they don’t we could sink farther down. In my opinion we have to use the “cards that have been dealt us” in making out the lineups. We have to start scoring more runs consistently. If we do we could be 5 1/2 games in first as our pitching has been pretty good overall. As I’ve said before it seems the program subs in those guys early in the game anyway so it’s not like they won’t get playing time. We also have something else to think about in the future. That is if Payton starts hitting who do we send down. Good problem though.
    I know this is long so forgive me but I’m bored without real Reds baseball and I love to talk Reds anyway. LOL

    • BK

      Thank Melvin … I enjoyed your post. We’ll hope for the best with Castellanos at 1B. I’m not at all down on the real Votto, Moose, or Senzel, but the sim ones are just not getting it done. VanMeter has been middling, too. Everytime I get to the infield it’s looking for the best matchup outside of Galvis and Suarez (both steady, but not spectacular). Ervin and Winker, just like Akiyama was. Castellanos is hitting better. The holes are 2B, 1B and C right now.