Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cubs 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
Reds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 8 0

Trevor Bauer’s first start following 15 days on the injured list was very good, but not good enough as the Chicago Cubs (42-38) were able to defeat the Cincinnati Reds (39-41) by a 2-1 score 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.


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Bauer allowed both Cubs runs in five and one-third innings of pitching, and was picked up very well by his bullpen mates, who held the visitors scoreless for the rest of the game. Chicago struck first in the fourth on a leadoff double by Anthony Rizzo and a RBI single by Jose Baez. Despite walking two other batters in the inning, Bauer escaped further trouble. In the fifth, Albert Almora Jr. launched a solo home run for the Cubs’ second and final run.

Offensively, it was a game of missed opportunities for the sim Reds. Cubs starter and winner Yu Darvish walked the first two Reds hitters in the second, but a Nick Castellanos double-play grounder short-circuited that would-be rally. In the fourth, Jesse Winker walked to lead off and moved to second on a wild pitch. Mike Moustakas delivered with a two-out hit, but Winker was thrown out at the plate trying to score.

The eighth and ninth innings were the killers, though, for the home team. Trailing 2-0, Shogo Akiyama led off the bottom of the eighth with his second single, and Winker followed with the same. The resurgent Joey Votto doubled to score Akiyama and move Winker to third, meaning the sim Reds had runners on second and third with nobody out, trailing by one run. But Cubs reliever Rowan Wick bowed his back, striking out Eugenio Suarez, grounding out Moustakas with no advance of the runners, and striking out Castellanos.

In the bottom of the ninth, Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel walked the first two batters, Freddy Galvis and Tucker Barnhart. Pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich grounded into a forceout, moving Galvis to third. Michael Lorenzen, representing the winning run, was brought in to pinch-run for Dietrich at first. But Kimbrel struck out both Akiyama and Winker to end the game.

Shogo Aikyama’s first-inning single off Darvish extended his hitting streak to 29 games, but he was immediately picked off by Darvish.

The sim Reds are now 3-7 vs. the Cubs.

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

A-Pinch Hit For Ryan In 7th Inning
C-Pinch Hit For Wick In 9th Inning

B-Pinch Hit For Reed In 7th Inning
D-Pinch Hit For Strop In 9th Inning
E-Pinch Ran For Dietrich In 9th Inning

Standings following the June 24 games: 

NL Central WON LOST PCT GB
Cardinals 44 36 .550 0.0
Cubs 42 38 .525 2.0
Brewers 41 38 .519 2.5
Reds 39 41 .488 5.0
Pirates 33 46 .418 10.5

The 2020 schedule has the Reds hosting the Cubs again Thursday. Whoever is Thursday’s commenter/manager will choose from Sonny Gray and Anthony DeSclafani as the starting pitcher. Both Reds starters have at least four days rest since their last start. Right-hander Kyle Hendricks will pitch for Chicago.

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.

Baseball America’s updated Top 100 Prospect List

The crew at Baseball America has updated their Top 100 Prospect List to include draft picks from the 2020 draft, as well as rearranging some of the previously rated players. Cincinnati has three players that are on the new list, but Doug Gray has a big question about why one of the players is ranked where he is over at RedsMinorLeagues.com.

Updated Baseball America Top 100 Prospect list has 3 Reds

The Reds find their “second facility” for 2020

Earlier today we wrote about this, but just in case you missed it – the Cincinnati Reds have found their second site for spring training 2.0, as well as the place where the taxi squad will practice once the regular season starts.

Reds find their practice facility for the taxi squad in 2020

Wild and crazy stats that could happen in 60 games

Over at ESPN they had a panel of MLB writers speculate on some of the crazy stats and stories we could see in a 60-game season. The estimates on most wins were in the 40-43 range, though it was noted that in 2017 the Dodgers had a stretch where they went 43-7 over a 50-game stretch, so things could get pretty crazy. There was even a fun Reds-related note in here:

By the way, only one player has ever hit 20 home runs and swiped 20 bases in the first 60 games of a season — Eric Davis, in 1987.

That dude was really good at baseball. Anyways, it’s a fun read – go check it out.

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All players’ batting stats

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Batting and pitching player stats by team

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Commenter/
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WON LOST PCT
Jon Davis 6 3 .667
Peter Onte 2 1 .667
BK 9 5 .643
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

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41 Responses

  1. Melvin

    Very tough loss and tough day for our sim Reds as the Cards and Brewers won too. We can’t get discouraged though. Our chances are very good with our offense in games like today. As Tom noted above, we had very good chances to win. Hats off to Don for choosing Bauer. He was very good and went toe to toe with Darvish. I’m going to suggest a lineup. I’m not asking that anyone endorse it but of course you can if you want. If someone likes it they can put their name to it. I don’t care. My feeling is Disco has been better than Gray for us. In a very important game tomorrow in which we will either gain or lose ground my feeling is that we should go with him especially after his last start.

    Disco last outing against the Cards 6/19

    IP 7
    H 4
    ER 1
    BB 1
    SO 9
    HR 1

    Suggested lineup:

    Akiyama RF
    Winker LF
    Votto 1B
    Suarez 3B
    Moose 2B
    Lorenzen CF
    Barnhart C
    Disco P
    Galvis SS

    Have to beat those pain in the butt Cubs! 🙂 It’s FAR from over.

    • Mark Moore

      We matched 6 of 8 position players and not too far off on the order either.

    • Mark Moore

      Care to meet me half way, Melvin? Keep Winker in LF (Shogo goes to RF) and put Senzel in CF?

      If we agree, that’s 2 votes automagically!!

      • Melvin

        Hey Mark. I’m thinking about it. I appreciate your thoughts. My thoughts are about Lorenzen the same as what I have been saying. That’s why I have him in there. He’s the BEST outfielder we have and we’ve been playing much better defense so I don’t want to mess that up. Also he has just five more games before he reaches two way status. When that happens we get to add a 14th pitcher which no other team can do. The pitcher we would add would be Bowman, a LH, which has been very good for us. Also Aquino crushed Hendricks last year so since he’s not up I’m hoping Mikey can instead. So I’m thinking about it and you can too buddy.

      • Don

        Melvin, Bowman is a RHP not lefty.

        I agree with Mark, this is a good spot to start Senzel (he was good vs him in real life last year) and I remember reading a scouting report on him that he is a better hitter of control pitchers which is what Hendricks is with a fastball no more than 90 MPH

      • Melvin

        Thanks Don. i stand corrected. Still though righty or lefty he’s done a pretty good job and would be an asset that no other team would have in terms of 14 pitchers.

      • Melvin

        Mark, If no one else is for Lorenzen I’m fine with that. There’s nothing more I can say in regard to him and what he brings to us. I’m just trying to win tomorrow and give us the best chance to win the rest of the season we have left. Since we talked earlier if you want to put Winker LF, Aki RF, and Senzel CF as you said I’ll vote for it if others don’t like my lineup. I do suggest Disco for pitching.

  2. Mark Moore

    Shogo – LF
    Votto – 1B
    Moose – 2B
    Geno – 3B
    Nick C – RF
    Nick S – CF
    Tucker – C
    Pitcher
    Freddy – SS

  3. 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, *+Dietrich
    OF – +Akiyama, Lorenzen(15), *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(Can Return 6/28), Farmer
    IF – Garcia, +Vanmeter, Blandino
    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, 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

  4. Jon Davis

    I am not feeling very talkative, losing sucks and here is my suggested lineup. Just one note I was going to go with Sonny but decided to go with Disco because he has been better in the Sim, he beat Hendricks last time and went 2 for 2 at the plate.

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

    • BK

      I’m voting for this one. In short, I prefer Payton over Senzel–both hitting and defense.

    • RedsFanSince1974

      Long time follower first time commenter, I agree with Payton over Senzel so I vote for this lineup.

    • Gonzo Reds

      BK I agree, voting here for JD’s lineup. Peyton in good and I’m a big fan of Galvis at 9.

      We do need to give Mark and Tom at 0-2 another shot soon tho. I’d like to see both with a W before we turn things over to the sim guys.

      • Tom Mitsoff

        I’d rather see Jon go about 25-0. 🙂

  5. Redsfan4life

    Akiyama rF
    Winker lf
    Votto 1b
    Suarez 3b
    Moose 2b
    Galvis ss
    Barnhart c
    Disco p
    Senzel cf

    • Don

      When I was certain the Reds would win this game (based on doing the research for the next lineup vs Hendricks before I saw the results). These are the 8 position players I was going to start. Since I am now 2-5 that may be not such a good thing.

      I like Winker over Castallanos and Senzel over Lorenzen for this match up with Hendricks.

      Lorenzen cannot hit right handed pitching, he is worse than Winker vs lefties and Senzel is a plus defender in CF which is almost as good as Lorenzen.

      I am voting for Redsfan4life lineup

      • Melvin

        Being 2-5 is not a knock on you Don. You’ve had good lineups. Last game was another example where that lineup should have won. Being someone who’s 1-4 lol I can relate. We’re all in this together and no one submits a lineup after a loss without endorsements.

      • Tom Mitsoff

        Don, the loss is absolutely not on you. It’s on the players who couldn’t come through in the clutch. I think you should make them run to Prasco Park in Mason and back as punishment. 😉

      • Don

        Thanks for the support. Lots of fun doing this, putting in more time looking at stats for win ball than real. Do not need to figure whom to play in real.

        All is good. Just want Reds to win.

      • BK

        Exactly, Don … Reds just didn’t knock in the runners, today. The lineup was sound.

  6. Don

    What a loss, I thought the Sim Reds had this game.

    Tough loss, great pitching, no hitting again vs Darvish and no timely hitting vs the Cubs BP.
    I did some data mining that others may want to see if it makes a difference to their thought process for setting the lineup.

    Sim Data Reds (5/29) vs Hendricks 5in, 8 Hits, 3R,1BB,4K, 2HR
    Payon 2-3 HR
    Winker 1-3, 2B
    Ervin 1-3, 2B
    Suarez 1-2 HR, BB
    Castellanos 1-3, 2B
    Galvis 0-2
    Mouse 0-2
    Casali 0-2
    Disco 2-2

    Reds Lost to Cubs 4-3, Disco left with a 3-2 lead after 5 and Stephenson gave up tying run in 7th and Lorenzen got the loss in the bottom of the 9th giving up a leadoff HR to Daniel Descalso (#8 hitter)

    Real life 2019 data vs Hendricks
    Barnhart 2-8, 3K
    Casali 0-2, 1K
    Dietrich 0-7, 3K
    Senzel 4-11,BB HR, 3K
    Suarez 1-10,BB HR, 2K
    Votto 3-10, HR, 2 2B, 2K
    Winker 2-8, 2B, 2K
    Mouse 0-4, 1K

    Real life 2018 data vs Hendricks
    Barnhart 2-7, 2K
    Casali 0-2, 1K
    Ervin 0-2, 1K
    Suarez 2-7,2B, BB
    Votto 1-4, 2B, 2BB, 2K
    Winker 1-4, BB, 1K
    Mouse 2-5 , 1K (with Brewers or KC, not sure)
    Castellanos 1-5, BB (with Tigers)
    Dietrich 1-5, 2B,BB (with Miami)

  7. Redsfan4life

    Lets talk real lineups for a bit.
    I guess Winker is DH vs. RHP most days. Ervin plays LF vs LHP and Castellanos plays RF vs RHP and is the DH vs. LHP.
    Votto, Moose,Galvis and Suarez plays nearly everyday.
    Senzel in CF nearly everyday.
    Big question is will Shogo sit vs. LHP and if so what if any Right hand hitting OFer after Ervin do we have to platoon Shogo with? I don’t see Lorenzen starting any games in the OF.

    • Melvin

      If you’re talking real baseball, and it seems you are, it will be interesting. The DH will probably mean less time for Lorenzen (that’s too bad too) with all of the outfielders we have (I think it’s up to 393). Shogo is supposed to be a good OBP guy either way so he and Senzel may play every day. Winker or Casty has to DH for sure most every game. it’s too complicated to predict the rest. Payton, Aquino are possibilities. Schebler certainly not. I think Tom was correct when he said it will probably be Senzel CF, Aki RF, and then Winker/Ervin LF with Casty DH. Stephenson could eventually be in the mix at Catcher.

      • Mark Moore

        In real life, I agree about the impact to Mikey Biceps. It’s probably going to reduce his time in the field. Then again, I think we’re all far more generous with him than the actual management is.

      • Melvin

        Yeah I agree Mark. In sim season we are far more generous playing Mikey. Personally I think it’s a shame. I think he has a lot more to give than we’re willing to use in real baseball and in sim baseball too for that matter. He is the closest thing, even being a pitcher, that the Reds have to a 5 tool player. Senzel may be the closest next to him in real baseball. I’m just afraid he will continue to be injury prone and his value will go down. If we somehow we got a big hall in a trade offer I’d probably do it. Winker too for that matter.

      • Tom Mitsoff

        I think Lorenzen’s real-life role is going to be a seventh- and eighth-inning setup reliever, and then into the outfield for defensive skill in the eighth and-or ninth inning (for Winker or Ervin).

      • Melvin

        I agree Tom. Unfortunately we’ll probably never know how good he could really be.

      • BK

        Tom, I think you’re right on target. DH will take away all of the double moves and provides a way to keep starters fresh while in the lineup everyday.

        I think Lorenzen will pitch as you describe, pinch run and serve as a late inning defensive sub. As stated, below, I expect near across the board improvement defensively in our OF this season. That said, Lorenzen is the best OF. Winker or Castellanos are obvious choices to replace. I expect Ervin has improved to point that he won’t be pulled defensively.

  8. Mark Moore

    If I’m reading Melvin’s comments on the thread above correctly, our combined line-up as revised would be:

    Akiyama RF
    Winker LF
    Votto 1B
    Suarez 3B
    Moose 2B
    Senzel CF
    Barnhart C
    Disco P
    Galvis SS

    I believe Don weighed in on that with a positive comment as well.

    Frankly, I don’t care who we credit with the W as simManager … I just want to beat the Stupid Cubs, the Dirty Birds, the Pie-rats, and anyone else. This has been a great experience overall and those who have faithfully followed and commented are really showing their stuff.

    “Real baseball” in a month. But probably without as much Lorenzen in the field as we’d like, especially when rosters squeeze down again.

    • Melvin

      As promised I vote for this one.

      Other lineups submitted are good too. As I’ve said and Mark just said too I don’t care who’s name is attached to it personally. We just need to win.

  9. BK

    Geek stats of the day … outfield defense. Up front, outfield defense stats have to be taken in context. There just not worth a lot a singular metrics. Sample size and park factors can skew the data. That said, here’s how the Reds outfield performed last year and their trend data from prior years. I looked at three metrics:

    – (RF/9) Range Factor/9 innings (putouts + assists) per 9 innings (players tend to do better if bigger parks/more foul territory). Higher is better.
    – (RF/G) Range Factor/game (putouts + assists) per game (bench players look bad on this metric as they play fewer innings per game compared to regulars). Higher is better. For range factor, also keep in mind CF rate better because they field more balls (it’s their choice for all of the ones in the gaps)
    – (RDRS) Defensive Runs Saved Per Year on Average (uses 1200 innings as the average and measures all players in a given season against the average) this one takes a pretty big sample size to work. (Higher is better)

    Here’s what I gleaned about our Reds outfielders:

    – Castellanos. RF/9, 2.13, RDRS, -9; he’s the worst of the Reds outfielders, but I have good news … he’s shown improvement every year. Remember, he became an outfielder because he was so bad as a 3B. His range is actually good, but it wasn’t as good with Chicago as Detroit (parks matter)

    – Akiyama. All we have is his RF/G which was. 2.20. This is good and he played a lot so it likely approximates a RF/9. Defensive reports were good, but some were split on whether he still had the speed for CF. Everyone agreed his technique was good.

    – Ervin. RF/9 is 1.89 and RDRS is +13. Ervin was much better defensively last year than his two prior years, so we’ll want to see how he does this year. He has great speed, but his play was marred early by errors (for an OF, just a few errors can really stand out). His RF/9 in CF was 2.77 which shows he has speed. I believe he’s second fastest on the Reds. The numbers say he can man any spot in the OF and deliver solid defense. My assessment is that the game has slowed down for him and his athletic ability started to play at the ML level.

    – Senzel. RF/9, 2.04; RDRS, -1. Remember, last year was his first OF time since at least high school. All in all, not bad. On the other hand, he’s on the field for his bat not his glove. He doesn’t hurt us, but the data shows he’s about neutral. Put him near the bottom of your Sim list (his bat hasn’t been there either), but expect improvement in year #2 in the OF.

    – Lorenzen. RF/9, 2.83; RDRS, +13. Yes, the data shows he’s the best defensive Reds OF. Keep in mind, he really hasn’t worked on this skill much since college. So, I would expect improvement with play. Watching him last year, sometimes his routes were not optimal. But he’s fast and can overcome a missed step better than others. He’s got a decent arm, too.

    – Winker. RF/9, 1.89; RDRS, -6. Last year was his best year defensively and when he’s in LF, he’s actually a shade above average (RDRS, +2). He lacks foot speed and has a weak arm. His numbers would have been even better if he hadn’t logged 132 innings in CF (how do you think DB felt after seeing Lorenzen in CF in September?). Bottom line: play him in LF and he’s just fine.

    – Payton. RF/9 was 1.91 but well over two in prior years. We should stick with the scouting reports: he can play them all, but is best in the corners (at least that’s where he’s logged the most innings in MiLB). Doesn’t make many errors.

  10. Melvin

    The thing I’ve seen with Ervin is not his potential but the fact he makes DUMB mistakes and decisions especially in throwing and where he throws. He strikes me as someone who doesn’t work hard enough to improve and make the most of the abilities he does have (unlike Senzel). Hopefully that’s changing. I’ve also heard the same about Casty improving. Winker is probably as good as he’s going to get. From what the little I’ve seen and heard about Aki he’s very sound fundamentally. Never seen Payton play but heard good things. There was no doubt in my mind about Lorenzen (better than decent are IMO). I agree he would keep getting better and better if he got the chance (even in sim world).

    • BK

      Ervin really looked bad in his first two seasons and as you stated most of the mistakes were related to basic fundamentals such as knowing where the cutoff man should be. That said, he was very good last year at all 3 spots. With the Red’s smallish park, defensive metrics don’t favor them. If defensive stats show you are solid playing half your games in GABP, you’re doing pretty well (this is especially true for our corner guys where Range Factor is going to hammer them). But as I said, defensive metrics that we have access to, simply aren’t refined enough to draw conclusions except over large sample sizes (in my view at least a couple of seasons). But in sim world, Ervin’s defensive card should be rather strong.

      In the real world, I think the league may be surprised by how good our OF defense is this year.

      • Melvin

        Let’s hope so. I’m good with that. Our all around defense isn’t supposed to be that good. However Votto has won a Gold Glove. Moose is supposed to be sound. Galvis is very good. Suarez, from what I’ve seen has made great strides since his days at SS and has made some spectacular plays at 3B. He’s certainly better for real than sim world. lol We’ll see about catcher. Barnhart is good. I haven’t seen Casali to be that bad in real life. Stephenson may push them both on the back burner before long if what they say is true. If Ervin is better as you think than Winker will be our only week link. Need to make sure he’s in good positions for every batter. Garcia and Rodriguez are middle infielders of the future and will be better than people think. How much in the future remains to be seen. Payton is supposed to be good as a backup. I believe Aquino, when his time comes, is underrated defensively.

      • BK

        Aquino rates well defensively in RF. He’s a prototypical RF with good speed and a great arm. His only question is the ability to make sufficient contact to allow his power to play. Defensively, he has potential to be at the top of the heap as a RF.

      • Melvin

        Yeah he should rank high as a right fielder and probably better suited there. I personally wouldn’t hesitate using him in CF if needed and believe he would be better than someone like Choo was. I think he will only get better. As far as making contact, I think he will figure it out. His swing is not wild. It’s pretty in control for a power guy. I like his open stance and don’t know why others don’t use it. I’ve been told by baseball people and an ophthalmologist that just like people are dominant in one side (e.g. right handed) they also have a dominant eye to go with it. So point being a RH batter with an open stance can see the ball better with his dominant eye which is very important of course. Seeing the ball is everything. I’ve said before that, to me, he reminds me of a combo between Tony Perez, Eric Davis, and George Foster. Foster is the key there as he was a pretty good hitter with just a little power you might say. I’m sure you know your Reds history and his year with 52 HR batting .320 with 145 RBI. No guarantee but Aquino could turn out to be the best out of all our prospects. If he does figure it out and becomes a good hitter too than we have my friend a five tool player.

  11. BK

    One other defensive point, over the last 30 games (I haven’t checked further back yet), our BABIP has been an excellent .288 (Reds were .286 last year). I think we’ve done a better job with our OF defense and by not playing folks out of position at 1B. The player that has pretty much not played in the OF over the last 30 games is Senzel. I’ve run the numbers on Castellanos and Winker in RF: we’re at .300 on games they start in RF.

  12. Melvin

    We just need to win tomorrow no matter who gets the manager title. I’m happy we’re working together to make a good lineup and I’m glad we seem to be in agreement that Disco should pitch.

  13. Tom Mitsoff

    At 10:40 p.m. Eastern, I am counting three endorsements for Jon Davis, and one each for Mark Moore and Redsfan4life. Therefore, Sparky’s lineup is going to Strat-O-Matic for Thursday. We need to take the rubber game!

    • Mark Moore

      Fair enough. These line-ups were pretty close in the end. Get ’em Sparky!!!

  14. Vegas Red

    Almora is a sim reds killer! Who’d a thunk it?