Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
Dodgers 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 8 11 2
Reds 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 7 13 0

Mookie Betts’ two-out run-scoring double in the top of the 13th inning off Cody Reed was the difference as the Los Angeles Dodgers (44-23) defeated the Cincinnati Reds (33-35) by an 8-7 score in 13 innings 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!


Nineteen pitchers were used between the two teams in this sim game, which might be close to some sort of major league record. The lead changed hands five times, and the home crowd at GABP was treated to a stirring bottom of the ninth inning comeback by the sim Reds to tie the game and send it to extra innings.

The use of multiple pitchers got started in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Michael Lorenzen grounded out for the first out of the top of the first, but Dodgers starter David Price was injured on the play and removed. He was replaced by former Red Alex Wood, who finished out the first five innings.

With the Reds trailing 3-1 after six and a half innings, the sim Reds jumped on LA reliever Joe Kelly. Jesse Winker reached on an error by second baseman Enrique Hernandez. Mark Payton drew a walk, and steady Freddy Galvis drove one over the wall to give his team a 4-3 lead. But the Dodgers came back with three in the top of the eighth off Amir Garrett, and another in the ninth off Pedro Strop to take a 7-4 lead headed to the bottom of the ninth.

Facing Dodger relief ace Kenley Jansen, Lorenzen led off by reaching on an error on shortstop Corey Seager. Phillip Ervin then launched one over the fence to bring the sim Reds within one, and with two out, the en fuego Mike Moustakas blasted one out of GABP to tie the game and send the sim crowd — reported by Strat-O-Matic as 23,136 — into a sim frenzy.

After the Dodgers took the lead in the top of the 13th on Betts’ double, Tucker Barnhart doubled off former Brewer Jimmy Nelson with one out to put the tying run in scoring position. But Galvis and Lorenzen were unable to reach Nelson for hits, and Barnhart was left at second.

Infielder Jose Garcia made his Reds sim major league debut in a 12th-inning pinch-hit appearance, but struck out. Nate Jones made his sim Reds debut in a relief pitching role and pitched a scoreless top of the seventh inning. Shogo Akiyama had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. Ervin’s three hits were the most by a Red in the game.

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

B-Pinch Hit For Stripling In 7th Inning
D-Pinch Hit For Graterol In 8th Inning
G-Pinch Hit For Jansen In 10th Inning
I-Pinch Hit For Floro In 13th Inning

A-Pinch Hit For Miley In 5th Inning
C-Pinch Hit For Jones In 7th Inning
E-Pinch Hit For Bowman In 8th Inning
F-Subbed Defensively (C ) For Strop In 10th Inning
H-Pinch Hit For Sims In 12th Inning

Standings following the June 10 games:

NL Central WON LOST PCT GB
Cardinals 39 30 .565 0.0
Cubs 37 33 .529 2.5
Brewers 34 33 .507 4.0
Reds 33 35 .485 5.5
Pirates 29 38 .433 9.0

The 2020 schedule as currently constituted has the Reds playing the rubber game of the three-game series at Great American Ball Park Thursday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Luis Castillo will pitch for the Reds, and righthander Tony Gonsolin will pitch for Los Angeles.

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.

Lonnie Wheeler passes away

Cincinnati sportswriter Lonnie Wheeler passed away on Tuesday at age 68. He had worked at both the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Cincinnati Post, as well as USA Today. Wheeler authored at least a dozen books in his career, mostly about baseball. He worked with Mike Piazza, Bob Gibson, and Hank Aaron on books about their careers. His latest book, The Bona Fide Legend of Cool Papa Bell is due to be out in February of next year.

The Reds HOF is opening back up next week

How are the simReds performing?

The Hitters

The Pitchers

Help set the lineup, batting order for the simulated Reds:

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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:
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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
Jon Davis 6 2 .750
Peter Onte 2 1 .667
BK 9 5 .643
James Owens 3 2 .600
Gonzo Reds 3 3 .500
Redsfan4life 3 3 .500
Doug Gray 1 1 .500
RedsEuphoria 1 1 .500
Tomn 1 1 .500
Melvin 1 4 .200
Don 1 4 .200
AirborneJayJay 0 1 .000
Jeff 0 1 .000
Mark Moore 0 1 .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 Strat-O-Matic.com, where they plan to post the results from each day’s schedule at 2 p.m. Eastern time.

30 Responses

  1. Melvin

    Akiyama RF
    Lorenzen CF
    Ervin LF
    Suarez 3B
    Moustakas 1B
    Galvis SS
    Stephenson C
    Garcia 2B
    Castillo P

    • Melvin

      Okay guys. We talked about how we might want to have our best defensive lineup the next time Castillo pitches. Well with the current roster this is, in my opinion, pretty close. Payton might be a little better than Ervin but not enough to justify taking Ervin’s hot bat out of the lineup. Lorenzen is the best we have IMO so he plays CF and Akiyama in RF. We will get to see Garcia for the firs time. While Moose isn’t terrible he is average. This should upgrade our defense up the middle a good deal and probably be the best we’ve has all year so far. Moose is an infielder and has played 1B in the past so with Votto out he’s probably a good choice considering he too has a hot bat. Barnhart may be a little better defensively but we’ve pretty much committed to Stephenson for a while and he does have a good reputation for his defense too. Galvis is one of the best at SS. Keep our fingers crossed that Suarez has a good game as he is capable of playing really well. I’m not a big fan of hitting the pitcher 8th, unless the 9th batter is Billy Hamilton. Then he could hit 13th or 14th if possible. LOL I could be talked in to switching it though.

    • Don

      I vote for Melvin’s lineup.

      I like the players chosen to play, it is adjusting the lineup as the Strat-O-Matic and the number suggest is needed.

      I like the move with Mouse to 1st as he is hitting the ball right great now to get Garcia in the lineup.

      One batting order suggestion would be batting Galvis lower (swap with Stephenson??) as there is only one game when he does not bat in the 7,8,9 position that he has a hit.

      one defense positions suggestion, the real life reds are grooming Garcia to be a SS and that is where he mainly played in 2019. Maybe consider swapping Garvia and Galvis position.

      Even without any changes it has the right players playing as if you are going to bring up young players, play them a lot to know what they have.

      If you do not play them it is still just hope and potential.

      • Melvin

        Thank you Don. I appreciate it. Just to give you a little explanation in my thinking. I do remember what you have said about your research in that Galvis generally does a lot better in the bottom three spots. The thing that I wrestle with is that Saurez (although Moose is coming up) is the only one on the team with more RBI so the 6 hole was kind of a compromise for me. In regard to Garcia I certainly agree that we want to develop our young stars and if we were in the “rebuilding” mode right now that aspect would be a lot easier. However we are in the “win now” mode and still trying to develop as well. Since we are trying to give Castillo the best defense we can to possibly help him come around and overcome some of the bad luck and bad defense he has been experiencing I, for the time being, am using him at 2B since Galvis is very good with more seasoning. Garcia will give us much better defense at 2nd too and will continue to develop there. Who knows eventually what the lineup will look like a few years from now. We have other good SS coming soon, Rodriguez being one, so someone will have to play 2B. It’s probably good that they both keep the skills for both positions tuned up. Thank you for your suggestions and input. These are always good discussions.

  2. Jon Davis

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

    Our current 26 man roster is:
    C – T. Stephenson, *+Barnhart, *Casali
    IF – *+Moustakas, *Suarez, *^Galvis, *+Dietrich, Garcia
    OF – +Akiyama, Lorenzen, *Ervin, *Castellanos, +Payton, +Winker
    IL – *+Votto (Ready to return on 6/13)
    SP – *Desclafani, *Gray, *+Miley, Castillo
    RP – *+Reed, Bowman, Iglesias, *+Garrett, *Sims, *Strop, *R. Stephenson, Lorenzen, Jones
    DL – *+Votto (Ready to return on 6/13), *Bauer (Ready to return on 6/24)

    Guys on the 40 man roster not on active roster
    C – Farmer
    IF – +Vanmeter, Blandino
    OF – Senzel, Aquino, +Jankowski, *+Schebler
    SP – Mahle, Santillan, DeLeon, Antone
    RP – Hendrix, Kuhnel, Shafer, +Smith

    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

    • Melvin

      Thank you Jon. I like ya and appreciate ya even though/if you never vote for me. haha

      • Jon Davis

        To be fair I rarely vote for anyone’s lineup because it feels like I am voting against myself, and the last time I did someone starting a running joke giving me a hard time about not voting for them. I don’t want to mention any names or embarrass them.

      • Jon Davis

        Melvin! Melvin! It Was Melllllllllllvin! (Cough Cough) Oh excuse me I don’t know where that came from.

      • Melvin

        That’s very classy and cool of you not to mention any names. I can’t imagine who would joke like that. Hmm

      • Jon Davis

        Yeah? Hey I thought it was funny!

    • Jon Davis

      Hey everyone I had a couple of thoughts and would like everyone to let me know what they think. Since Strato doesn’t seem to be concerned with options and the 40 man roster moves.

      1. Would everyone rather I do away with the out of options part of the roster? Would clean it up a bit.

      2. Would you rather just 2 sections on the roster and off the roster?

      Ok thanks for your input guys.

      • Tom Mitsoff

        It’s my observation that they are not rigidly adhering to the 40-man roster. They didn’t ask us to release or outright anyone when we added Jose Garcia and Nate Jones.

        I think what they are doing is trying to maintain the integrity of the simulation, and they’re not going to let us get rid of anyone who is clearly a mainstay of the team due to seniority or salary. I don’t have any problem with that.

      • Melvin

        Jon. Of course if you don’t mind keeping all of it updated it still might help just in case Strato would ever call us on something so we will at least have that in the back of our mind and be prepared for it. Thanks again.

    • Don

      Jon,

      I like this list and it is nice of you to post

      I think the options are key to decision making as I agree with Tom that Start-o-Matic wants some integrity to their teams and other than Dietrich (not on 40 man roster), I do not think that cutting anyone else would be approved.

      I have one correction. Jones has not options. He has 6+ years on MLB rosters so that means he is long past having options.

      • Jon Davis

        Thanks for the note and the list has been updated.

  3. Gonzo Reds

    Akiyama CF
    Winker 1B (lefty ag righty)
    Peyton LF (lefty ag righty)
    Suarez 3B
    Ervin RF (lefty ag righty)
    Moose 2B
    Barnhart C (Stephenson needs a day off after 0-fer)
    Castillo P
    Galvis SS

    • Gonzo Reds

      Thx! Forgot to add Barnhart L ag R and Lorenzen sits after a horrible 0 fee has him down to .264.

    • Jon Davis

      Gonzo just a heads up Ervin is not a lefty. He is a Right handed batter who has a long history, including his time in the minors, of crushing LHP.

      • Gonzo Reds

        You are correct and I stand corrected. Still looking at your handy dandy list I still would rather have him than Dietrich or Lorenzen so will leave him in. Knew Lorenzen would come back to earth and he has… good cover for Aki injury but now back to the pen.

    • BK

      Go get ’em Gonzo … I should have played Casali at 1B. Cost me a good night sleep and the Reds a game. Boy did Lorenzen swing back to the norm, today. You don’t see an 0 for 7 spot everyday. Get us on a win streak … I would love to see Lorenzen start on Saturday.

  4. Jon Davis

    That’s another tough loss. Castillo on the mound so as we seem to have agreed I am going to try to optimize the defense. I am leaving Galvis at SS we have no idea what kind of results we are going to get from Garcia, with the bat or the glove. I’m considering putting Garcia at 2B in the real world I have no doubt he is better defensively than Moustakas but Sim world not sure but Moustakas’ bat is certainly better so no to Garcia. Unfortunately 3B and 1B don’t really have options for other than Suarez and Winker in my mind. That just leaves the OF Lorenzen and Akiyama for sure then Payton is the next best glove with added bonus of a RHP on the mound so there you go and here is my lineup.

    1. Akiyama – LF
    2. Payton – RF
    3. Suarez – 3B
    4. Winker – 1B
    5. Moustakas – 2B
    6. Lorenzen – CF
    7. Barnhart – C
    8. Castillo – P
    9. Galvis – SS

  5. Jon Davis

    *REAL REDS BASEBALL ALERT*

    With the 12th pick in the 2020 MLB draft the Reds selected Austin Hendrick. He is 18yo outfielder who stands 6 feet tall weighing in at 195 pounds. He throws and bats left handed from West Allegheny HS in Pennsylvania. He was ranked as the 13th best prospect in the draft by MLB Pipeline and 9th by Baseball America. Below are his scouting grades from MLB Pipeline

    Scouting Grades/Report (20-80 grading scale)
    HIT – 50
    POWER – 60
    RUN – 55
    ARM – 55
    FIELD – 50

    • Gonzo Reds

      Looks like a young Brice Harper. Reds would have gone college pitching but the best of it all went right ahead of them so they pivoted to the best HS player available. Teams were def looking college players that could rise to the majors quickly since there is no longer lower minor leagues to bring high school players through slowly.

      Doug would you agree with that?

  6. Gonzo Reds

    Tom, if I am chosen as the manager for Friday… I’d like to use that position to put in a request to hold Lorenzen out of availability for Friday’s game. In that case, if Friday brings a win I will ask the same for Saturday’s game.

    • Gonzo Reds

      Obviously we have to get through Thursday first but I like looking ahead. My understanding is that if Lorenzen is used in the field he won’t pitch on that day so won’t be a need to mention holding him out from pitching.

      • Tom Mitsoff

        You had three endorsements, Gonzo, so you are the Thursday manager! Remind me of your Friday request tomorrow evening hopefully after a sim Reds win!

  7. Melvin

    Okay Gonzo. Go get em and win a bunch for us!